Almond Pesto

Make delicious homemade Almond Pesto using toasted almonds, fresh basil, garlic, parmesan cheese, and olive oil that you can use on pizza, pasta, as a dipping sauce, and more! Almonds give this pesto a unique texture that works with everything.

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homemade almond pesto and fresh basil

Making pesto at home is easier than you think, and this Almond Pesto recipe is no exception. You only need a handful of ingredients and a food processor or blender to get the most delicious and healthy sauce. Pesto is such a versatile condiment and can be used in many different dishes.

If you love pesto, check out my Carrot Greens Pesto recipe as well!

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How to Make Almond Pesto

  1. Place the garlic cloves, parmesan cheese, almonds, basil, salt, and pepper in a food processor or blender. Pulse/process until everything is combined and starts to look like a paste.
  2. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil as you continue to process. You can also add the olive oil in batches to combine. Check for taste and add more salt if needed.
  3. Store in a sealed container in the fridge.
almond pesto ingredients

How much pesto does this recipe make?

This is a small batch recipe and will yield about 6 oz. of pesto. You can easily double or triple this recipe to make more. With this recipe, you will be able to almost fill a half-pint canning jar.

How to Toast Almonds

If your almonds are not toasted yet, you can quickly toast them on the stove or in the oven. For the stovetop, place the nuts in a dry skillet and heat over medium heat for 4 to 5 minutes. For the oven method, preheat the oven to 350°F degrees and bake the nuts on a baking sheet for 7 to 8 minutes. Make sure you remove the nuts from the pan right away, they burn easily. You can also use raw almonds and the pesto will still taste great!

What to Make with Almond Pesto

Pesto is such an amazing sauce and it can be used for so many things. Here are a few ideas:

Can you Freeze Homemade Pesto?

Yes! Store the pesto in a freezer-safe container for up to 6 months. Make sure to leave some room at the top of your container so the pesto can expand.

If you decided to store your pesto in the refrigerator, it will last for a week in a sealed container.

homemade almond pesto in a mason jar

Tools to Make Homemade Pesto

A few of my favorite gadgets I use for making pesto and many other things in my kitchen. I use this mini food processor from KitchenAid and I love it! It’s. a little small, but the perfect size for small batch pesto, salsas, purees, and more!

I’ve also recently discovered a silicone blender spatula and I use it for everything! It’s long and thin and gets all of those delicious bits you couldn’t reach before.

And to store your pesto, check out these sealable half-pint canning jars in a set of 6. You can use these babies for anything from storing food, drinking, and canning!

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homemade almond pesto in a jar

Almond Pesto

Make delicious homemade pesto using toasted almonds, fresh basil, garlic, parmesan cheese, and olive oil that you can use on pizza, pasta, as a dipping sauce, and more!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 116kcal
Author: EmilyFabulous

Equipment

  • food processor or blender
  • spatula or spoon for scraping
  • sealable container for storage

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup toasted almonds
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 ½ cups fresh basil leaves
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • If your almonds are not toasted yet, you can quickly toast them on the stove or in the oven. For the stovetop, place the nuts in a dry skillet and heat over medium heat for 4 to 5 minutes. For the oven method, preheat the oven to 350°F degrees and bake the nuts on a baking sheet for 7 to 8 minutes.
  • Place the garlic cloves, parmesan cheese, almonds, basil, salt, and pepper in a food processor or blender. Pulse/process until everything is combined and starts to look like a paste. Scrape down the sides if needed to get everything together.
  • Slowly drizzle in the olive oil as you continue to process. You can also add the olive oil in batches to combine. Check for taste and add more salt if needed.
  • Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to a week or freeze for later. Enjoy!
    homemade almond pesto in a mason jar

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Notes

  • Store this pesto in the refrigerator in a sealed container for up to a week.
  • You can freeze this pesto in a freezer-safe container for up to 6 months. Make sure to leave some room at the top of your container so the pesto can expand.
  • You can sub raw almonds for toasted almonds. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1tbsp | Calories: 116kcal | Carbohydrates: 1.1g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 12.2g | Saturated Fat: 2.1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 39mg | Potassium: 32mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 0.1g | Calcium: 52mg

Any nutrition calculations are only estimates using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.

homemade almond pesto in a jar

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