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Basil Almond Pesto Pasta | Step wise pictures

Basil Pesto Pasta
Pesto sauce is origin of Italy. It is prepared with basil, garlic, pine nuts, Olive oil and Parmesan cheese.  I have replaced pine nuts with almonds. I have also tried with walnuts. Creamy green pesto gives a nice texture and taste to the recipe. Traditionally the pesto is prepared with mortar and pestle. Basil pesto pasta is a simple, quick and healthy pasta. Please check below for step by step instructions and pictures for preparing Basil Pesto Pasta.

Preparation Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Ready in: 30 mins
Yields: 2 servings
Basil Almonds Pesto Pasta

Table 1:
Pasta of your choice2 Cups
Grated Parmesan CheeseFor Garnishing
Sun dried tomatoesFor Garnishing

Table 2: Pesto sauce preparation
Basil Leaves (tightly packed) 2 Cups
Chopped almonds2 tbsp
Olive oil2 tsp
Garlic cloves chopped1 tsp
Grated Parmesan Cheese1/2 Cup

  • Cook pasta in a large pan of boiling water along with salt as per instructions given in pasta packet.Drain excessive water by placing pasta in colander.Reserve 1/4 cup water.
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Pesto sauce preparation:
  • Wash basil leaves in running water for 3-4 times and keep it ready. Dry roast almonds till they turn golden colour. 
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  • Heat olive oil in a pan. Add chopped garlic cloves and fry till raw smell goes off. Grind basil leaves, garlic cloves, almonds and 1/2 cup of cheese into smooth paste in blender by adding enough reserved water (Got from draining cooked pasta).
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  • Add the pesto sauce to the cooked pasta. Garnish with Sun dried tomatoes and Parmesan cheese before serving.
Basil Almond Pesto Pasta | Step wise pictures
Basil Almond Pesto Pasta | Step wise pictures

Freshly ground pepper can be added for garnishing.
Adjust garlic cloves to your taste.


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