I absolutely love basil and whenever I have any left over from my favourite roasted red pepper soup I’ll turn it into a pesto for sure.
In my last ‘update’ post I mentioned my recent obsession with dressings and showed a glimpse of the almond pesto I’d had served with salmon and brown rice. I’ve since been asked for the super simple recipe so here it is…
Pum’s Awesome Almond Basil Pesto
- 1 handful whole almonds
- 2 handfuls fresh basil
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 cup olive oil
- Salt and black pepper
- Added all ingredients to a food processor and whizzed until smooth (a good 5-10 minutes).
As pictured I served this as a dressing over rice but this would be amazing as a sauce over wholewheat pasta, served with chicken or (using a smaller quantity of oil) spread over rice cakes as a snack.
It could also be made more decadent with a good grating of fresh parmesan cheese if feeling naughty…yum!
I really believe in the health benefits of almonds (particularly for healthy looking skin) and this sauce gives a brilliant dose of the great nut.
I hope you give this one a try because, in my opinion, it’s so worth it for jazzing up a dish!