Posted by: dinainsuburbia | February 22, 2015

Almond Pesto with Brown Rice Pasta

I’m always looking for fun, new side dishes. I’ve always love pesto.. the brightness and freshness of the basil.. and of course the pine nuts… left me wondering, could I replicate pesto using almonds?

The answer is yes. So.. this pesto doesn’t have any parmesan cheese (I’m off dairy) but it is SUPER tasty and I was able to even make it “creamy” by incorporating some pasta cooking water into the dish!

I served the pesto over brown rice pasta, but it would be equally delicious as a sauce over rice, chicken or fish.

Almond Pesto

  • 1/3 cup unsalted, raw almonds
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cup fresh Italian parsley (flat parsley)
  • 1 1/2 cup basil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked pepperFullSizeRender-5

In a food processor, combine almonds, parsley, basil, salt and pepper. Pulse until almonds are completely pulverized. Scrape down the sides of your food processor. Re-attach lid and slowly pour in olive oil until combined. Set aside.

Boil water and cook pasta to directions. I used Tinkyada Pasta Joy, Brown rice fettucini style pasta. Before draining pasta, ladle about 1/2 cup cooking water into a small bowl and set aside.

Mix pasta with pesto mixture, and add in a little bit of pasta water at a time until desired consistency is reached.

TIP! РThis is a great base recipe! Kick it up by adding cubed grilled chicken, a handful of sliced kalamata olives, 2 chopped plum tomatoes, and a can of drained & rinsed cannellini beans.

I served mine with beans, a side of roasted broccoli, and some straight-from-the-farm sirloin (if you live on Long Island, please consider checking out Goodale Farms for food delivery. FullSizeRender-4They raise their own beef and are a dairy farm. It’s comforting to me to know exactly where my food comes from, and that it isn’t pumped up with antibiotics. Their animals are raised with love and live their lives on a family farm. Check out www.goodalefarms.com.

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