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Quick Pesto with Broiled Tomatoes

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This is an easy side dish, but it also works as a tasty appetizer. The freshly made pesto beautifully complements the acidity of the tomatoes to make for an excellent marriage of flavors in your mouth.

  • Prep Time: 15m
  • Cook Time: 5m
  • Total Time: 20m


For the Pesto

  • 3 c basil leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1/4 c pine nuts
  • 1/4 c nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 c olive oil

For the Broiled Tomatoes

  • 4 medium tomatoes, cored and halved crosswise
  • nutritional yeast for topping the tomatoes


For the Pesto

  1. Add the basil, pine nuts, and nutritional yeast to a food processor and blend for one minute. While it is processing, slowly drizzle in the olive oil and process for an additional minute. Season with sea salt and pepper, if desired.

For the Broiled Tomatoes

  1. Preheat oven to broil on high. Place the tomatoes cut-side up on baking sheet, which you lightly grease with olive oil. Spread each tomato half with two teaspoons of the pesto and sprinkle with a pinch of nutritional yeast on each tomato. Broil 3 to 5 minutes, or until the pesto is bubbly. Serve and enjoy.