gorgeous almond pesto
Is your pesto the besto? Your friends will sure think so when they taste this simple variation on a classic! (Only your super cool friends who like to rhyme on occasion might use the word “besto”… but they’ll all love it!) Now, pine nut pesto is lovely. However, there may come times when A) you cannot afford pine nuts, or B) you just feel like trying something different! Whatever the case may be, here is my straight-forward recipe for almond pesto:
almond pesto recipe:
¼ cup whole almonds
2-3 cloves of garlic (depending on your level of garlic adoration)
1 massive bunch of fresh basil
¼ cup freshly grated parmesan
⅓ cup good quality olive oil
In a food processor, blend almonds and garlic cloves until they resemble breadcrumbs. Add basil leaves and blend until it resembles green breadcrumbs! (I don’t know why I get so excited about that part.) Add parmesan and pulse several times. Now add your oil and blend until smooth and beautiful. Depending on the texture you want, you can add a bit more oil, but don’t be fooled by the way it soaks up the oil. It’ll melt out later when you apply some heat to it!
A note on seasoning: I prefer not to add salt and pepper to my fresh pesto. Gasp! There is a method to my madness. I will invariably add salt to anything I use the pesto for, so I prefer to keep the pesto clean so I don’t end up with an overly salty dish. You can always add more seasoning, but if you go over, there could be no turning back… (Enter sounds of foreboding.)
Your pesto will keep for at least a couple months in the fridge. You can also freeze your pesto and it’ll keep for ages. Personally I’ve just never done that cause my pesto gets consumed within a month. It’s almost like every time I open the fridge it’s staring at me, just daring me to take some other, less impressive item out of the fridge instead of it. I’ve never brought myself to take on that dare. Not yet…not yet. (Come to think of it, maybe I should try the freezer! I open that so much less often. Hmm…)
Hey, you know what this pesto tastes great in? Zucchini pasta! Try it out!