Unlike its green cousin born in Northern Italy, red pesto (or pesto rosso) first hit the scene in Sicily, just off the coast of Italy's “boot”. This large mediterranean island has long been a mecca of flavorful food so it is no surprise that this is the birthplace of red pesto. This tangy sauce can come in an array of different styles and flavors, but one thing remains the same: its signature red hue.
The Best Red Pesto for Pasta
Red Pesto gets its unique coloring from a combination of red peppers, sun dried tomatoes, and sometimes even a few Calabrian chilis. Besides those key ingredients, red pesto is also usually blended with pine nuts, hard cheese, olive oil, and fresh basil. The result is a rich red sauce with a sweet yet tart kick.
While you can choose to make this sauce at home with a blender or mortar and pestle, there are many brands that make quality and authentic red pesto to help streamline your dinnertime. For this recipe, we suggest buying a bottle of Premium Italian Sundried Tomato Red Pesto by Ranise to complete this simple meal. This particular red pesto has a mild flavor that is versatile in an array of dishes and well-suited for even the pickiest of eaters. With a recipe heavy on sun dried tomatoes, the addition of basil and pecorino cheese to every jar balances out the tang of tomatoes for smooth and balanced taste.
With most of the hard work done for you, all you have to do is kick back and eat an unforgettable meal.