Tomato Pesto Sauce

I’ve been know to buy a couple of bushels of tomatoes at the end of the summer and bottle up my own sauce. But when I run out, this recipe for tomato pesto sauce is my go-to. Easy and delicious!!!

Tomato pesto sauce over pasta with steamed broccoli
I like to serve my past with tomato pesto sauce and a side of broccoli

If you are allergic to nuts, then beware as many jarred pesto sauces contain nuts, so please read your labels.

Tomato Pesto Sauce

I love recipes that contain only healthy ingredients and this is one of them. Garlic and onions are members of the allium family and contain sulfur-containing phytonutrients. Also, tomatoes are famous for their high level of lycopene - a cancer fighting carotenoid. Lycopene is especially known to help combat prostate cancer. The basil in the pesto is high in antioxidants. Olive oil is a healthy fat which is part of the Mediterranean diet which has shown many positive health effects. I hope you try and enjoy this recipe!
Prep Time12 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 6 people
Author: Jean LaMantia
Cost: $5


  • cutting board and knife
  • saucepan
  • immersible blender


  • 2-3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 small cooking onion chopped
  • 28 oz can tomatoes chopped
  • 2 tbsp basil pesto


  • Mince the garlic and set aside on your cutting board (to mazimize the amount of cancer fighting compounds
    Minced garlic
  • Add olive oil to the pot and turn heat to med-low
  • Add chopped onions and cook, stiring until softened about 5-8 minutes
    chopped onion in pot
  • Add garlic and stir, cooking about 2-3 minutes
  • Add 1 can of chopped tomatoes and turn up the heat to medium
  • Blend with immersion blender. I prefer to use chopped or whole tomatoes and blend rather than purreed tomatoes as the consistency of pureed tomatoes is too thick for my taste. Continue to cook, bring to a simmer for 2-3 minutes
    Tomato pesto sauce being blended with immersion blender
  • Add 2 tbsp basil pesto, stir and cook until pesto is mixed through
    Pesto has been added to tomato sauce
  • Serve over pasta or use to make lasagna or egg plant parmesean or your favourite Italian dish

If you like pesto, try my parsley pesto

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