Roasted Tomato Pesto

Yield:  4 Half Pints

1 Cup Cherry Tomatoes, Cut in Half Lengthwise

1 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Divided

½ Teaspoon French Grey Sea Salt

¼ Teaspoon Ground Pink Peppercorns

½ Cup Sliced Almonds, Roasted

1 Cup Chopped Flat Leaf Italian Parsley

1 Tablespoon Mediterranean Kitchen Seasoning

1 Cup Finely Grated Parmigiano-Reggiano

Good chefs are always prepared! They are able to pull something out of the refrigerator or pantry on a moment’s notice to serve when friends stop by. You won’t find them rushing off to the market at the last minute in search of chips and dips, because they always seem to have something delicious they can pull together quickly should a need arise.  This pesto is one of those dishes that lends itself to such demands.  We especially like to have some of it on hand during the summer – when the tomatoes are fresh from the vine – to serve with bruschetta, and maybe a little goat cheese or ricotta. But we also love to use this pesto as the base for a creamy pesto cream sauce atop  rigatoni or penne pasta.


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line baking sheet with aluminum foil.


Slice tomatoes in half vertically and place on prepared cookie sheet. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil, salt, and pepper. Toss to combine and place on middle rack in oven. Roast for 25-30 minutes until tomatoes have rendered their juices and begun to brown. Remove from oven and set aside to cool.


Place tomatoes in bowl of food processor. Pulse several times, then add almonds, parsley, seasoning blend, and Parmigiano-Reggiano. Pulse again several times.


Slowly drizzle remaining olive oil into the bowl. Process until desired consistency has been reached. Refrigerate pesto until ready to use.

MorningStar Kitchen Seasonings Featured in this Recipe
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French Grey
Sea Salt
With its artisanal, Old
World appeal, French
Grey sea salt is a favorite of
professional chefs. Hand harvested from mineral-rich salt beds, we believe this one is the perfect salt for accomplished Home Chefs as well.
French Grey Sea Salt from MorningStar Kitchen
Pink Peppercorns
While they have a fresh, peppery
flavor, pink peppercorns are not
pepper. They are the fruit of a
Brazilian tree that is part of the cashew/mango family. Their sweet, mild flavor works well in delicate sauces, as well as in seafood and poultry dishes. Crush with a mortar and pestle. 
Pink Peppercorns from MorningStar Kitchen
Whether your'e making
Italian lasagna or Greek
Moussaka- or whatever Mediterranean dish you desire - this seasoning blend practically guarantee a perfect sauce every time. Perfectly balanced, this savory blend has the subtle Mediterranean flavor you are looking for. Use with meats, stews, soups, and vegetables, too. 
Mediterranean Kitchen seasoning blend from MorningStar Kitchen