Almond Pesto

I just bought a pot of living basil, and it smells divine. What could be a more obvious use for basil than whipping up a nice batch of pesto? Pesto traditionally calls for pine nuts, but I've chosen to use almonds instead (mostly because pine nuts are so expensive). This recipe is for pesto penne, but you could put it on fish, meat, pizza, or whatever else your heart desires. It's fast. It's easy. It's tasty. It's versatile. What more could you want?

Almond Pesto

2-3 T Olive Oil

¾ cup almonds

½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

3 generous pinches of salt

1 handful of fresh basil

1 small clove garlic


lemon zest

juice of half of a lemon

1 package whole wheat penne

  1. Throw everything except pasta into food processor (or pestle and mortar if you have one) and combine until no large pieces of almond remain

  2. Check for taste and add more of anything

  3. Bring a pot of salted water to a rolling boil (no need to add oil)

  4. Cook pasta until al dente, following the time on the package

  5. Save 1 cup of starch water before draining pasta

  6. Add 1 tablespoon of pesto at a time to pasta and slowly pour in ¼ cup water at a a time while mixing. The starch water will help the pesto stick to the pasta and the heat from the noodles will melt the cheese. Alternate between adding pesto, adding water and stirring until the pasta is covered to your liking. I used about 4 T pesto (half of the recipe) and ½ cup water for 1 package of penne.

#Dinner #Quick

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Hi! I'm Felicia. I believe that food should be simple and the ingredients should be just that: ingredients. I also believe that balance and moderation are essential. So come to my kitchen, and let's make everyday family foods healthier. Or click here to learn more about me.