Easy Almond Pesto

Easy Almond Pesto


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It's really easy to make your own delicious pesto and you can customise it to your taste. This version uses almonds instead of pine nuts.

Rebecca Jane Thompson

Serves: 6 

  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) olive oil
  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Preparation:2min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:12min 

  1. In a dry frying pan over medium heat, lightly toast the almonds, stirring frequently. Watch carefully so they do not burn.
  2. In a food processor, combine toasted almonds, garlic, basil, olive oil, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Process until a coarse purée is formed.

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Reviews (5)


Used different ingredients. This recipe really can be adjusted, and probably should be, depending on your taste. We used about 1/2 a cup of toasted pine nuts, added a tbl of shaved parm., added a bit of mint and played with the olive oil till it was the right texture. But this recipe shows you all the basic elements...adding sundried tomatos is fun too, or olvies. - 29 Sep 2008


Used different ingredients. Excellent! Loved this one & easy to make too. One thing about the almonds that I really like instead of the pine nuts is the COST! The toasted almonds were very tasty & so much less $$. Also...a tip on toasting the nuts, don't bother with the oven, simply heat a (dry) non stick heavy frypan on the stove, and saute' the nuts until toasted with no butter or oil. They are super easy & quick to do this way. Great recipe! - 29 Sep 2008


This was so easy to put together. I had to add some lemon basil because I didn't have enough of the regular. It was great. I would add more garlic and less oil next time. Thanks for a great recipe! Oh, I also added a little parmesean cheese 'cause I like it! - 29 Sep 2008

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