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Pasta with fresh almond & mint pesto

Method

  • Blanch the almonds in boiling water for 1-2 mins. Then drain well, dunk in cold water and, when cool enough to handle, remove the husks.
  • Grind the almonds with the mint, seasonings, garlic and 4 tbsp grated cheese using a mortar and pestle (or in a food processor) until a coarse paste is formed. Then add the oil and combine with a spoon. Taste for seasoning and set aside.
  • Cook the pasta in a large pot of lightly salted, boiling water until al dente. Drain well.
  • Then gently toss the pesto with the tomatoes and pasta. Taste for seasoning.
  • Serve with a little extra grated cheese sprinkled on top and good crusty bread on the side.

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup fresh almonds
  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves
  • sea salt & freshly ground pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 cup freshly grated romano or parmesan cheese
  • ¼-½ cup olive oil
  • 400 gm of your favourite pasta
  • 1 punnet cherry tomatoes, quartered

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