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Olive Garden is the leading restaurant in the Italian dining segment with more than 800 restaurants, more than 96,000 employees and more than $3.6 billion in annual sales. Olive Garden is a division of Darden Restaurants, Inc., (NYSE: DRI), which owns and operates more than 2,100 restaurants that generate over $8.5 billion in annual sales. Headquartered in Orlando, Fla., and employing more than 200,000 people, Darden is recognized for a culture that rewards caring for and responding to people. In 2014, Darden was named to the FORTUNE “100 Best Companies to Work For” list for the fourth year in a row. Olive Garden is committed to making a difference in the lives of others in the local community. As part of this commitment, Olive Garden restaurants have donated nearly 30 million pounds of food to local community food banks across the country.

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Sun Dried Tomato Basil Pesto












Use this pesto recipe spread for all the Olive Garden Panini Sandwiches



Prep Time:
20 Min Ready In:
20 Min


Original Recipe Yield 2.5 cups
Ingredients


  • 4 ounces sun-dried tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1/4 cup chopped pine nuts
  • 3 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/3 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • salt to taste

Directions

Place sun-dried tomatoes in a bowl and cover with warm water for 5 minutes, or until tender.
In a food processor or blender combine sun-dried tomatoes, basil, parsley, garlic, pine nuts and onion; process until well blended. Add vinegar, tomato paste, crushed tomatoes and red wine, and process. Stir in olive oil and Parmesan cheese. Season with salt to taste.

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