I went to the farmers market on Saturday and they had the most beautiful basil. I had seen a recipe on Allrecipes for a pesto made with almonds instead of pine nuts. This really appealed to me since I almost always have almonds on hand. So I brought home a big bunch of basil and made pesto for the first time. The kids didn’t give it much of a try because of the color, but my husband and I loved it. I would definitely make this receipe again.
- 1/4 cup almonds
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 1/2 cups fresh basil leaves
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1 pinch ground nutmeg
- salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Place almonds on a cookie sheet, and bake for 10 minutes, or until lightly toasted.
In a food processor, combine toasted almonds, garlic, basil, olive oil, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Process until a coarse paste is formed.