Steemit Iron Chef 2017 #01: Pasta Pesto With Homemade Sun dried Tomatoes and Broccoli


If you have never made your own sun-dried tomatoes then this post will blow your mind. It's such an easy and simple process. Though I live in the perfect climate to actually dry them in the sun, I used the oven since the insects are just with too many to leave my tomatoes unsupervised for a whole day. If you have a dehydrator you can use that too.

Thank you so much @progressivechef for organizing this wonderful new food challenge @steemitironchef. As you know I'm all for clean eating. So instead of buying sun-dried tomatoes in a jar we always make our own. It is super easy, it just takes time. A lot of time.

So who is up for a pasta pesto with home-dried tomatoes?


Pasta Pesto With Homemade Sun-dried Tomatoes and Broccoli


For the sun-dried tomatoes

1-2 kg tomatoes, depending on how big your oven is
Sea salt and black pepper
Extra virgin olive oil


For the pasta (serves 3-4)

4-5 cups broccoli florets
1/2 cup onion, chopped
3/4 cup sundried tomatoes, chopped

For the pesto

2 cups Italian basil
2 clove of garlic
1/2 cup roasted sunflower seeds
1/4 cup nutritional yeast (Parmesan works too for non-vegans)
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt and black pepper


For the sun dried tomatoes

  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees F (95 degrees C).
  2. Wash the tomatoes and cut them in parts, gently squeezing out the seeds. Place the tomatoes on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt, black pepper, and olive oil.
  3. Bake until tomatoes take on a leathery texture. This will take 6 to 8 hours. Toss the tomatoes every 1 to 2 hours. Smaller pieces will go faster.
  4. When ready allow tomatoes to cool and store them in olive oil in a jar or container with a lid.









For the pasta

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. Add the broccoli florets to a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and season with black pepper.
  3. Cook the penne )or any other pasta you like) until al dente.
  4. Meanwhile, combine all pesto ingredients in a blender or food processor. Process until a smooth paste. set aside.
  5. In a skillet, heat cooking oil over medium heat. Saute onion for 2-3 minutes. Stir in sun-dried tomatoes and broccoli and cook for a few minutes more.
  6. Combine penne, broccoli-sun dried tomato mix, and pesto. Stir well to coat and serve!







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Looks delicious, everything home made tastes better and is more rewarding.

Agree! Thanks @tomekkk for stopping by ;) Have a lovely weekend!

This looks amazing!!! An absolute winner in my book

Thanks @jeffjagoe! Glad you like it!

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This looks amazing! Buying the ingredients asap!!

Enjoy ;) Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment @coraljessalyn!

Beautiful. Yay, now I'm anxious to try making "sundried" tomatoes in the dehydrator, because yeah I imagine it must take weeks of sunshine to do it the old fashioned way.

Hehe... it doesn't take that long, the sun is quite hot here... but the insects are the main issue... Good luck with the tomatoes. I'm sure you will love them too! Thanks for your comment ;)

Awesome and easy recipe. Definitely going to make it for me and my family. I will let you know how it turned out. I didn't know you could make sun dried tomatoes at home. Maybe it works great in a hummus as well?

That would be great. Always love to hear some feedback! And sun-dried tomato hummus... that sounds great! Thanks for the tip @bynaomi ;)

I'll try to make the sun dried tomatoes. :) I'll stop buying it someday soon. @amy-Goodrich
Resteem. :D

Sweet! Another processed item to delete from the grocery list! Thanks for stopping by @bontonstory. have a great weekend!

That salad looks fantastic! I haven't made a pasta salad like that or sun-dried tomatoes in years. Doing so used to be a pretty tedious daily task at work in the summer many years ago. (Peeling, seeding, then roasting). The effort was always worth it, though.

I hear you! Glad I could remind you of this beautiful dish and home-dried tomatoes. I hope you make it again one day. Have a great day ;)

Thanks! Will do.

Hmmm finally you are here with your entry my friend! I knew something special was cooking and you really surprised me with your homemade dried tomatoes! The concentration of taste is just amazing when you dry them up and just boost the flavour of your dish!
It's nearly lunch time here and this pasta is just killing me!
Wonderful entry my friend, so happy to have you entering steemit iron chef!

Thank you so much! Glad I made your mouth water hehe! It was a busy week and weekend with much time spent out f the house and couldn't leave the oven unsupervised since the tier only goes for 1 hour.... Glad to have made it on time and much more cooking to come. Thanks for organizing this beautiful event! Love it already after just one entry ;)

This is my kind of recipe and love pasta! Thanks for sharing :)

Vegan and homemade.... best combination ever. thanks for your comment @theinspirator!

You are welcome! Look forward to seeing more great recipes from you :)

Never realized it is so easy to make homemade dried tomatoes. Will try out .
Thanks for sharing.

I'm glad I could inspire you to make you own. Nothing better than homemade right ;) Have a beautiful day.

Love sundried tomatoes ... so good

Thanks, @globaldoodlegems! They are super delicious indeed!

You make me hungry my friend, always when i check your post my appetite open.i like it so much. It looks so yummy.
Good luck my dear.

Aww! You are always so kind. I love your Morrocan inspired food too. Always takes me back to my childhood. My best friend and neighbor were Morrocan and her mom made the best food and oh man the sweets and mint tea she made... I always loved to go there! Visiting her and her mom in 2 weeks when we are in Belgium. Haven't seen her in years!

Wauw... you where right, this is amazing mmmm... I used to make a similar dish myself. I absolutely was crazy for this. I wish I could eat yours too :D nice entry for the contest ;)

You are always welcome here my friend. my door and kitchen are always open for hungry steemians hehe. Thanks for your lovely comment!

Nice, if you're ever in la palma and I still live in a house then the same goes for you :)

Thanks. That is so kind! Let's hope you still have a house... if not we will give you a piece of ours hehe! Have a beautiful weekend my friend ;)

Haha :) you too enjoy the weekend!

Not just my mind who really blew but my appetite! Wishing you good luck and you are awesome!

Thanks my friend for all the support! Have a beautiful weekend!

Wow. This pasta looks so anti-aging to me. :D Thank you, love it! <3

Thanks @litokarlegend! Glad you like it. It was yum ;)

Good Lawn woman! That's looks amazing. I am SO trying this soonx

You won't regret it ... sun-dried tomatoes are so good... you could add your fav herbs to the oil too to make it even better!

I absolutely love this recipe @amy-goodrich! Such a classic and I like how you've made the sun-dried tomatoes and pesto yourself :D

Thanks @natashahall! I love Italian-inspired dishes for their simplicity and use of fresh products to deliver the flavor.

That is how I make my sun-dried tomatoes too @amy-goodrich ! We harvested tons of tomatoes the other day and was thinking to do some again, but I have been using the oven and electricity a lot, the house is too hot already and the bills have been high hahaha so my husband said not to.

Cool. Too bad electricity is expensive. In Cambodia, we have the same problem. Luckily the cost of living here is cheap so we don't mind using the oven so much, though we are looking into buying a gas oven. Have a beautiful weekend!

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Well done! Love the article and the pictures! upvoted 😊