Dips and pestos/ Light bites

Sun dried tomato pesto with ricotta.

A simple 2 minute sun dried tomato pesto made with garlic, lemon and parmesan spread on crusty bread and topped with fresh ricotta cheese and basil.

This sun dried tomato pesto is as simple as recipes get, I mean it literally takes 2 minutes and it’s done. Spread it on crostini with dollops of fresh ricotta for a quick and delicious lunch, snack or appetizer. It’s also great spread or stuffed in chicken with mozzarella, through pasta or added to tomato sauces.

A simple 2 minute sun dried tomato pesto made with garlic, lemon and parmesan spread on crusty bread and topped with fresh ricotta cheese and basil. Insidetherustickitchen.com

I often make sun dried tomato pesto in the summer because I eat a TON of antipasti and little nibbles. Give me a plate of cheese, proscuitto, and crostini and I’m happy. It works out great at this time of year because it is just so hot.

Two problems I face in Summer;

  1.  Turning the oven on is almost unbearable at times.
  2. The heat suppresses my appetite (sometimes) so I normally have to eat late when it’s cooler.

A simple 2 minute sun dried tomato pesto made with garlic, lemon and parmesan spread on crusty bread and topped with fresh ricotta cheese and basil. Insidetherustickitchen.com

Because I often wait until it’s much cooler to eat in the evenings I want something quick but delicious and these sun dried tomato pesto and ricotta crostini hit the spot.

How to make sun dried tomato pesto

Spoon the sun dried tomatoes out the jar and add to a bowl with garlic, lemon juice, and freshly grated parmesan. Blitz it into a smooth paste using a handheld blender. Taste for seasoning, normally this does not require any salt or pepper because the sun dried tomatoes are so concentrated in flavour.

A simple 2 minute sun dried tomato pesto made with garlic, lemon and parmesan spread on crusty bread and topped with fresh ricotta cheese and basil. Insidetherustickitchen.com

The sun dried tomato pesto is simply spread on top of toasted crusty bread and is topped with a dollop of fresh ricotta cheese. The ricotta cheese goes perfectly with the tangy pesto, it’s light, fresh and delicious.

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Sun Dried Tomato Pesto and Ricotta Crostini
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
2 mins
Total Time
7 mins
 

A simple 2 minute sun dried tomato pesto made with garlic, lemon and parmesan spread on crusty bread and topped with fresh ricotta cheese and basil.

Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 245 kcal
Author: Emily Kemp
Ingredients
  • 9.8 oz (280g) jar sun dried tomatoes in oil ( undrained weight )
  • 1/4 cup (20g) parmesan freshly grated
  • 1/2 garlic clove
  • squeeze of lemon
  • custy bread cut into slices , toasted
  • 1 small bunch basil , to garnish
  • ricotta , to dollop on top
Instructions
  1. Spoon the sun dried tomatoes into a bowl, do not add all the oil just as much as comes out when transferring them into a bowl.

  2. Add the garlic, parmesan and squeeze of lemon to the bowl. Blitz it all together to a thick paste using a handheld blender.

  3. Spread the pesto on toasted bread and add a dollop of ricotta cheese on top. Sprinkle with chopped basil leaves and a sprinkle of pepper.

Recipe Notes

Please note this recipe was tested and developed using metric measurements all imperial measurements are approximate.

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Lorraine
    August 30, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    This is one of my favourite snack, so delicious!

  • Reply
    julieryan7
    September 17, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    This looks amazing!

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