Easy Basil Pesto with Almonds


Save some money using garden-grown basil and almonds in place of pricey pine nuts. This recipe is easy, fast, and very tasty. Summer on a plate! Serve over warm pasta with a side salad and a nice loaf of bread. I also spread this on toast. If you have left over, put in a small jar and drizzle some olive oil over the top. Keep refrigerated.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
5 mins
4 servings


  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves

  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese

  • ¼ cup whole raw almonds

  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil, or more as needed

  • 1 clove garlic, peeled


  1. Combine basil, Parmesan cheese, almonds, olive oil, and garlic in a food processor. Pulse until blended. Pour in more olive oil, with the processor running, until pesto is thick and smooth.

Cook's Notes:

You can use roasted garlic in place of raw.

Toast the almonds at 450 degrees F (230 degrees C) for about 10 minutes before following the recipe if you'd like roasted almond pesto.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

226 Calories
22g Fat
3g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 226
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 9mg 3%
Sodium 154mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 4mg 20%
Calcium 172mg 13%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 142mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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