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Almond Basil Pesto

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Almond Basil Pesto

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A basic green pesto is made with a few simple ingredients: nuts, olive oil, basil, garlic and parmesan. Rich in healthy monounsaturated fats and phytochemicals, pesto is a great way to add flavour to any dish. It’s often eaten with pasta (which is delicious!) but it also works well as a sauce over chicken or fish, or a dip for vegetables.

Pesto is really easy and fun to make, and you can experiment with all kinds of combinations of different nuts and flavours. I like to use almonds in place of pine nuts, but I also find walnuts work great, and you can even use a combination of them! These are processed together with rich olive oil and basil, with the addition of spinach for an extra greens and added nutrients.






  • 50g almonds (or try using walnuts, or just pine nuts)
  • large handful of fresh basil leaves
  • optional: large handful of spinach leaves
  • 40g grated parmesan
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • salt & pepper, to taste



1. Add the nuts to a food processor or high-powered blender, together with the parmesan, basil leaves, spinach and garlic. Pour in 6-7 Tbsps of a good quality olive oil and squeeze in the lemon juice.

2. Process until blended into a thick, smooth green sauce. If it’s still a bit too thick, add a further Tbsp of olive oil or water to loosen the pesto slightly.

3. Taste and season with a pinch of salt and pepper as required.

4. Transfer to a jar or airtight container, and store in the fridge.




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