|Pesto di Mandorle Recipe (Almond Pesto) Ingredients|
"Pesto is the quiche of the '80s"and the line was used in Harry Met Sally becoming an instant famous movie quote with foodies. Somehow, pesto has yet to go out of style. Everybody seems to love Pesto. And the fantastic thing about Pesto, is with so many varieties, there is one to please almost anybody.
Pesto is a basil based sauce originating in Genoa, thus using Genovese Sweet Basil as its primary ingredient. The word Pesto comes from the Latin word "pesta" to pound or crust, and thus we also get the word Pestle in English. What is a pestle some may ask? It is the instrument used to grind in a mortar, made of marble, wood, or steel.
Today many cooks use their food processor and I certainly will not fault you if you so choose. However, in our casa, we use a marble mortar and pestle. Traditionally, Basil, coarse sea salt, pine nuts, olive oil, and parmesan are the ingredients. However, in our recipe, we substitute raw almonds for the pine nuts and add garlic.
Organic Pesto di Mandorle / Organic Almond Pesto Recipe
- 1 bunch of organic, Genovese sweet basil
- 2 Tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil (Trader Joe's)
- 2 organic garlic cloves, minced
- 3 Tablespoons of organic, raw almonds, ground fine or Trader Joe's Almond Meal
- 3 Tablespoons of Parmesan cheese, grated
- 1 dash of coarse sea salt (fine salt will work too)
|Pesto di Mandorle Recipe (Almond Pesto)|
Depending on your purpose, you can add more olive oil if needed.
Pesto makes a delicious addition to Italian sauces, served as the main sauce, or as a dip.