Some people don't like Pine nuts, they might be too expensive to buy all the time, and some, just may not have it in their Pantry!
Today, we have an alternative recipe for Pesto for all you quarantined home Chefs.
Pesto is a great seasoning, as it could be as versatile as you would like; add it to any of the following plus anything else your imagination allows you to:
- your fresh salad,
- your pasta dishes,
- top it off on a minestrone soup,
- on your pizza base
- on your steamed/roasted veggies
- bake it into a bread
The possibilities are endless, its always a great additive to keep in your fridge, and use regularly, so we've made it with almonds. Keep the Spring freshness alive.
To begin with, you'll need to do the following:
2 cups Packed fresh basil leaves
- 9 Peeled Almonds (You can soak them overnight to do this)
3 Garlic cloves
2 Tbsp Lemon juice
3 Tbsp Nutritional Yeast
1/2 tsp Salt
- 3 Tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
- 3 Tbsp water (plus more if you want it thinner, but add at the end)
- Chop almonds and roast on medium/low heat until golden
Bring out your food processor/blender, add the basil, garlic, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, and salt and mix on medium until a loose paste forms (hold off on the almonds).
Add olive oil a little at a time, then add 1 Tbsp water at a time until the desired consistency is reached - a thick but pourable sauce.
Add chopped up almonds, and mix on low (you want to keep a little crunch).
Taste and adjust flavor as needed, based on how you will be using it, enjoy!
Recipe by Sita Walia