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Posted by / Friday, August 16, 2013

Basil Almond Pesto

Basil Almond Pesto
I thought I'd share the pesto recipe we made for today's post  Turkey Pesto Panini's.
We debated whether to just buy pre-made pesto from the store but I convinced Colt it was more economical to make our own since we had an over abundance of basil growing in our kitchen at the moment and it really wouldn't add much time in the kitchen.
It's well worth the few seconds it takes to make pesto  and the leftovers are great tossed with pasta or steamed veggies.
If you make a large batch freeze the excess in ice cube trays for later use.
Sorry for it being a bit late but I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Place 1 1/4 cups Fresh Basil into a blender or food processor.Basil-Almond-Pesto-Garlic-Clove.jpg
Add 1 clove garlic.
10 whole almonds. You can use 1/4 cup of pine nuts instead but almonds are always a staple in our cupboard and make a delicious pesto.
Blend until almonds are fairly finely chopped.
Slowly drizzle in olive oil and stop blender and scrap down sides of blender or food processor as needed. Add parmesan cheese and blend until smooth. (Colt might have forgotten the parmesan cheese and if he did I can tell you it was still amazing.)
Salt and pepper to taste. 

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Basil Almond Pesto

Recipe by Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch
Basil Almond Pesto
Prep time: PT5M
Cook time: PT0M
Total time: PT5M
Yield: 1/2 Cup
Calories per serving: 144
Fat per serving: 16
  • 1 1/4 cups Fresh Basil Leaves
  • 1 clove Fresh Garlic
  • 10 whole Almonds
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper To Taste
Cooking Directions
  1. Combine basil, garlic, almonds, and parmesan cheese in a blender or food processor. Blend until almonds are finely chopped.
  2. Slowly drizzle in olive oil and blend until completely smooth. Stop blender or food processor and scrape sides as needed. 
  3. Salt and Pepper to taste.


  1. This looks amazing and so does your sandwich!

  2. Delicious Serena, I am in love with homemade pesto. Hope you are going to make pasta with these pesto.

  3. Really looking forward to making this. Sounds like a keeper!



Hi! My name is Serena and welcome to my site! I'm a wife and mother to 3. A few of my favorite things are cooking, baking, dark chocolate, family game nights, and the ocean. My biggest dislike is lima beans, please don't ask for a recipe... My husband Colt regularly joins me in the kitchen and has become the primary photographer of our site. I hope you'll join us on our fun cooking adventure!

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