Pesto alla Siciliana is a delicious sauce originating from Sicily, Italy. It is similar to traditional pesto sauce but has a few key differences in its ingredients and preparation method.
The main ingredients in Pesto alla Siciliana include fresh basil leaves, almonds, tomatoes, garlic, and extra virgin olive oil. The basil leaves and garlic are first blended together in a food processor, then the almonds and tomatoes are added and pulsed until the mixture is finely chopped. Finally, the olive oil is slowly drizzled in while the processor is running until the sauce reaches a smooth and creamy consistency.
Compared to traditional pesto sauce, Pesto alla Siciliana is slightly sweeter due to the addition of tomatoes and has a slightly nutty flavor from the almonds. It is commonly used as a pasta sauce but can also be used as a spread for bread or as a dip for vegetables.