Easy almond pesto

    12 min

    This is the easiest pesto recipe, using almonds instead of pine nuts. It can be prepared in 2 minutes after you toast the almonds. It is also dairy free, and therefore vegan!

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    Serves: 6 

    • 25g (1 oz) almonds
    • 3 cloves garlic
    • 50g (2 oz) fresh basil leaves
    • 100ml (4 fl oz) olive oil
    • 1 pinch ground nutmeg
    • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

    Prep: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.


    If you prefer, you can toast the almonds in the oven on low heat.

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    Took shortcuts. I simply toasted almonds on a hot, dry frying pan until lightly toasted and fragrant. Forget the oven!  -  07 Aug 2008


    This was so easy to put together. It was great. Thanks for a great recipe! Oh, I also added a little parmesean cheese 'cause I like it!  -  07 Aug 2008


    Altered ingredient amounts. I would add more garlic and less oil next time.  -  07 Aug 2008