This easy, 6 ingredient Pesto alla Trapanese recipe (Sicilian Pesto) is unexpectedly delicious. The star ingredient? Fresh tomatoes!
Pesto alla Trapanese: have you heard of it? Typically upstaged by its famous cousin Pesto alla Genovese, this spunky, Sicilian spin-off is one to watch. If you love pesto, or crave the classic combination of tomato and basil, it’s a must-try “no-cook” sauce to level up your repertoire.
What Is Trapanese?
Pesto alla Trapanese is a flavorful Sicilian pesto made with fresh basil, almonds, tomatoes, garlic, olive oil and cheese, usually Pecorino, Parmesan or both. Comparatively speaking, it’s similar to classic basil pesto in that it’s a fresh, basil-forward sauce. However, since it’s made with almonds (not pine nuts) and sweet, juicy tomatoes (surprise ingredient!) it becomes a completely different recipe.
According to witty food writer Rachel Roddy, Pesto alla Trapanese was created by homesick Genovese sailors docked