Easy almond pesto

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12min


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About this recipe: 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!

Rebecca Jane Thompson

Ingredients
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

Method
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.

Tip:

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

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Reviews (6)

vickie
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5

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

alwayshungry
1

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

alwayshungry
1

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

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