Basil Almond Pesto

Friday, August 16, 2013
Basil Almond Pesto from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.

I thought I'd share the Basil Almond Pesto recipe we made for today's post  Turkey Pesto Paninis.

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.

So I walked him through how easy it is to make Basil Almond Pesto.

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 Basil Almond Pesto as much as we do!


Place 1 1/4 cups Fresh Basil into a blender or food processor.


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. 

A few of my favorite ways to use Basil Almond Pesto is:

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Basil Almond Pesto

Basil Almond Pesto recipe from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.
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prep time: 5 minscook time: total time: 5 mins


  • 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


  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.
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  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!


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