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Easy Pesto Recipe
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Easy Pesto

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"This is the easiest pesto recipe, using easy to find ingredients. It can be prepared in 2 minutes after you toast the almonds."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    2 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    12 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Place almonds on a cookie sheet, and bake for 10 minutes, or until lightly toasted.
  2. In a food processor, combine toasted almonds, garlic, basil, olive oil, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Process until a coarse paste is formed.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jul 24, 2007

Excellent! Loved this one & easy to make too. One thing about the almonds that I really like instead of the pine nuts is the COST! The toasted almonds were very tasty & so much less $$. Also...a tip on toasting the nuts, don't bother with the oven, simply heat a (dry) non stick heavy skillet on the stove, and saute' the nuts until toasted with no butter or oil. They are super easy & quick to do this way. Great recipe!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 01, 2006

I tried halving this recipe and ran into difficulties. In particular, with half the material, after the initial blender pulse, all the material -much more compact- now could lay beneath the blades. Additional blending didn't do anything. I had to manually raise of the material and try to blender again, but this achieved little because it quickly went below the blades again, and in the end I was left with pesto with many practically unchopped garlic and nuts. This is posted here as an unrated review to warn others that before reducing the size of the recipe, think about the size, shape, and abilities of your food processor/blender. (With more material, I think that the convection in my blender would chop everything without difficulty.)

Sep 13, 2003

Wow! Do I like this recipe! It's quick and yummy. Just the thing to do with a handful of fresh basil straight from the farmer's market. I simply toasted slivered almonds on a hot, dry skillet until lightly toasted and fragrant. Forget the oven!

Jun 11, 2007

This recipe really can be adjusted, and probably should be, depending on your taste. We used about 1/2 a cup of toasted pine nuts, added a tbl of shaved parm., added a bit of mint and played with the olive oil till it was the right texture. But this recipe shows you all the basic elements...adding sundried tomatos is fun too, or olvies.

Jun 06, 2004

This is a great basic pesto recipe- I use pine nuts and possibly any other nuts I have around (pecans). I also add parmesan cheese as I'm a big cheese fan. You can substitute water for some of the oil if you'd like a lower-fat version. Very versatile recipe!

Jul 09, 2006

I amgiving this recipe 5 stars simply because of the fact that it uses nutmeg!! That is a wonderful addition to any pesto sauce!! I did modify it for other things however, I added lemon juice and parmesan cheese, and used pine nuts instead. This is a great base however, and the nutmeg really does add an impressive taste! Thanks for sharing!

Mar 28, 2007

I have never made Pesto before and honestly didn't know what it was until I made this and put it in a pasta dish,then voila! I realized the glob I dug out of the food processor was a familiar taste and made the pasta dish wonderfully delicious. I used raw almonds and did not toast them, and used dried basil instead of fresh leaves. I will definately make again and not sure I can make another pasta dish without it. Thank you!

Jul 19, 2004

This was an awesome recipe! I added about 3 tbsp of parmesan cheese and used the pesto to make a cream sauce. I will make this again!


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  • Calories
  • 199 kcal
  • 10%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 2 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 21.1 g
  • 33%
  • Fiber
  • 0.9 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 1.7 g
  • 3%
  • Sodium
  • 389 mg
  • 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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