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Almond Pesto Sauce Recipe (Vegetarian, Gluten Free)

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This almond pesto sauce is made with fresh basil, almonds, garlic, parmesan cheese, and olive oil.  This 5 minute sauce is great with pasta or garlic bread. 

I love pesto on pretty much everything, and this easy pesto with almonds is quick to make in 5 minutes.  A big batch of this healthy, creamy sauce sure goes a long way.  I mix it in with pasta and add a scoop to my risotto or toast for a fresh burst of herbs and spices.

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As an Italian, I love enjoying delicious herby garlicy sauces with my pasta – and I also love trying out new things. Traditional pesto is made with pine nuts, but honestly, they are expensive, can be difficult to find, and I never use them enough to justify buying a big bag.  I substituted almonds instead of pine nuts in my pesto, and it turned out fantastic!

This almond pesto has a great texture and flavor combination.  The fresh basil and garlic brightens the whole dish.  The olive oil gives the pesto a silky texture, the nuts add some bite. And the lemon juice and red pepper flakes give this pesto a kick!

This Almond Pesto Recipe Is:

  • Bright
  • Fresh
  • Herby
  • Loaded with Flavor
  • Versatile
  • Ready in 5 minutes
  • Requires no cooking!
  • Vegetarian & Gluten Fee

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What’s In This Pesto with Almonds Recipe?

  • Almonds: these giant bags of almonds are a great value – they are raw and unsalted so they are perfect to add to breakfasts, oats, or make your own almond milk! 
  • Garlic
  • Basil
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil: I like to use this fruity olive oil which has a fantastic flavor and deep color- it’s inexpensive & I like to keep a few liters stocked up in my pantry.  For the quality of oil you get, it’s an excellent value.
  • Lemon Juice: Use fresh lemons if you have it, or this really great powdered lemon that you can keep in your pantry if you don’t have fresh lemons. This lemon is great for dressings, dips, and even cocktails.
  • Red Chili Pepper Flakes: for a little heat! if you don’t like spice, you can absolutely skip them in this recipe.

What’s the Best Food Processor for Pesto?

We have this fantastic food processor that has lasted us years and years, and I have to say I’ve been very happy with it! It gets weekly use, and is great for chopping ingredients for sauces, making hummus, and pureeing vegetables.  It’s really basic and gets the job done!  While you can make this pesto in a blender, I prefer the texture of the food processor to get the herbs just right.

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How Do I Make Pesto without Pine Nuts?

  1. Toast your almonds -In a large pan, toast the almonds for about 5 minutes over low to medium heat until they warm and begin brown around the edges.  Turn off heat and transfer nuts to a bowl to cool.
  2. In the food processor combine fresh basil, toasted almonds, garlic, lemon juice, parmesan cheese, and water.  Pulse on high, and stream in the olive oil while the pesto is mixing. 
  3. Do a little taste test, and if the pesto needs a smoother consistency, then pulse again and slowly add in 1 tablespoon of additional water at a time until the pesto reaches your preferred consistency.  
  4. Transfer the pesto to a dish and garlic with extra basil if desired. Toss with fresh cooked pasta, spread on garlic bread, or enjoy with a burrata salad.

 

Make Almond Pesto Gluten Free for a Healthy Version

This gluten free almond pesto recipe is a simple meal to make without the wheat. I’m all about making recipes gluten free when I can. Gluten free cooking does NOT have to be bland, boring, or flavorless… It’s quite the opposite when done right. By building meals around gluten free pantry staples and swapping in a few wheat-less ingredients you can make healthier meals for you and your family. I made a list of my 125 favorite gluten free pantry ingredients that we use on a weekly basis, and check out all my gluten free recipes here that are on The Herbeevore. These easy and healthy recipes are fantastic meals for everyone at your table.

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Use This Almond Pesto In These Delicious Recipes:

Creamy Pesto Gnocchi Recipe (Vegetarian)

Caprese Pesto Pasta Salad Recipe (Vegetarian)

Pesto Marinated Mozzarella Balls Recipe 

Creamy Pesto Soup with Zucchini and Potatoes Recipe 

Pesto Ricotta Pasta Recipe

Get the Same Ingredients I Use For My Basil Almond Pesto Recipe:

 

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Almond Pesto

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This almond pesto sauce is made with fresh basil, almonds, garlic, parmesan cheese, and olive oil.  This 5 minute sauce is great with pasta or garlic bread.  A big batch of this healthy, creamy sauce sure goes a long way.  I mix it in with pasta and add a scoop to my risotto or toast for a fresh burst of herbs and spices.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Dressing, Sauce
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 8 servings
Calories 227 kcal

Equipment

  • Food Processor

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Toast your almonds -In a large pan, toast the almonds for about 5 minutes over low to medium heat until they warm and begin brown around the edges.  Turn off heat and transfer nuts to a bowl to cool.
  • In the food processor combine fresh basil, toasted almonds, garlic, lemon juice, parmesan cheese, red pepper flakes, and water.  Pulse on high, and stream in the olive oil while the pesto is mixing.
  • Do a little taste test, and if the pesto needs a smoother consistency, then pulse again and slowly add in 1 tablespoon of additional water at a time until the pesto reaches your preferred consistency.
  • Transfer the pesto to a dish and garlic with extra basil if desired. Toss with fresh cooked pasta, spread on garlic bread, or enjoy with a burrata salad.

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Nutrition

Calories: 227kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 5gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 0.003gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 111mgPotassium: 137mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 380IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 105mgIron: 1mg
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