Tomato Basil Paste

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This recipe is inspired by a dip that I had last year. Hubby took me to a wine festival to celebrate our wedding anniversary(which is coming up soon) last year. We were sampling on  a variety of wines, liquors, cheeses, and spreads. I sampled a bit of the sun dried tomato paste along with some mozzarella  cheese and crackers and my mouth erupted a flavor explosion.  I was tempted to buy a container of that sun dried tomato paste which I regrettably did not do. But instead I decided to try to replicate that dip only by adding some fresh chopped basil as well. I made a container of this paste and now half of it is gone. Yes, its that good! And very easy to make.  Since sun dried tomatoes tend to be very salty, I don’t see a reason to add more salt.

For this recipe, you will need:

  1. 3/4 cup of  marinated sun dried tomatoes
  2. 1 package of fresh basil
  3. 2 teaspoons of minced garlic
  4. Olive oil
  5. Lemon juice
  6.  A pinch of ground pepper


Place tomatoes,basil, garlic, and pepper in a food processor. As its processing, drizzle in some olive oil  and lemon juice and continue to process until achieved a  paste like consistency. Serve with assorted vegetables, chips, crackers, or cheese slices.

*This dip can be made in advance. Refrigerate up to 24 hours before serving. The longer you leave this dip in the refrigerator, the better the flavor.



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