Basil and Toasted Almond Pesto
Add this to pasta and serve with a salad. Makes a simple, but delicious meal.
You can also use it as spread on sandwiches or a dip for veggies.
Pine nuts are usually used to make pesto, but they have become very expensive. Slivered or blanched almonds are a lot less pricey and the taste is not a lot different, especially if you toast them. (You can also use walnuts or pecans, but they are stronger in flavor than pine nuts)
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- 1 c
- basil leaves
- 1 clove
- 2 Tbsp
- slivered almonds, toasted
- 1/2 tsp
- fresh ground pepper, if desired
- 1/4 c
- olive oil
- 1/4 c
- parmesan cheese
1Place garlic and almonds in food processor (I use my mini processor). Pulse until rough chopped.
2Add salt, pepper, if desired, and half of the basil. Pulse until chopped.
3Add rest of the basil and pulse until chopped.
4Drizzle in about half of the oil and process to blend. Add rest of the oil and parmesan and process until well blended. Check seasonings. Add a little more oil if needed and blend to mix.