The concentrated sweetness of slow-roasted tomatoes balanced with savory thyme and a touch of red-wine vinegar makes this healthy pesto recipe a must-try for any tomato lover. Try it in place of tomato sauce on your next pizza or as a “secret” ingredient in your next lasagna.

Hilary Meyer
Source: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2015
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.

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  • Place tomatoes cut-side up on a baking sheet; drizzle with oil and sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Roast until shriveled and brown on the bottom, 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 hours.

  • Once cooled, place the tomatoes and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt in a food processor; add cheese, pine nuts, thyme, vinegar, garlic and pepper. Pulse until well combined, scraping down the sides once or twice.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 week or freeze in an ice cube tray. Transfer frozen cubes to a sealable plastic bag. Defrost as needed.

For the best flavor, toast nuts and seeds before using in a recipe. To toast small nuts, chopped nuts and seeds, place in a small dry skillet and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes.

Cut Down on Dishes: A rimmed baking sheet is great for everything from roasting to catching accidental drips and spills. For effortless cleanup and to keep your baking sheets in tip-top shape, line them with a layer of foil before each use.

Nutrition Facts

31.4 calories; protein 1g 2% DV; carbohydrates 2.2g 1% DV; exchange other carbs; dietary fiber 0.6g 3% DV; sugars 1.3g; fat 2.3g 4% DV; saturated fat 0.4g 2% DV; cholesterol 0.7mg; vitamin a iu 404.4IU 8% DV; vitamin c 6.6mg 11% DV; folate 7.7mcg 2% DV; calcium 17.6mg 2% DV; iron 0.2mg 1% DV; magnesium 9.9mg 4% DV; potassium 123.7mg 4% DV; sodium 91mg 4% DV; thiaminmg 2% DV.