Grits with Pesto and Tomato Gravy

Product Used: Gracious Grits® Original Creamy Grits


Make the best even better. Mix Gracious Grits® with pesto and top them with a savory tomato gravy. Exceptional as a side dish, a vegetarian entree or breakfast.


  • 1 container of Gracious Grits® Original Creamy Grits
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 small onion finely chopped (about ½ cup)
  • ¼ cup half and half
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp pesto
  • 1 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper (to taste)


  1. Preheat oven to 350º F. Lightly oil 8-inch cast iron skillet or 1 ½ qt. casserole dish.
  2. Microwave Gracious Grits® Original Creamy Grits according to package instructions. Stir in 2 tbsp of pesto.
  3. Tomato gravy: Sauté garlic and onion in olive oil until tender (approximately 3 minutes) in a sauté pan. Add chopped tomatoes and sauté for 5 more minutes. Add half & half and salt and pepper and simmer for 3 minutes or until slightly thickened.
  4. Spoon grits into cast iron skillet or casserole dish. Pour the tomato gravy over the grits and top with Parmesan cheese. Bake for 8 minutes and serve.