Spaghetti with Almonds & Basil Pesto

I went for a run last Sunday. It was supposed to be a gentle shot run just to get some cardio, instead I turned on my I-pod and completely forgot about time and miles and without even realizing it I ended up running for more then 12 km…

By the time I got back home it was already 3 pm and I was STARVING, so I went into my kitchen looking for something easy, quick and nutritious to make. I whipped up this pasta in less than 15 min. The pesto is made with almonds and fresh basil and despite being full on vegetarian, it still got a decent amount of protein coming from the healthy nuts.

Oh,  I love indulging in good food after a good workout!

Here is the recipe!

Ingredients ( serves 1):

  • 30 g peeled almonds
  • 15 g almonds with skin
  • 5 fresh leaves of basil
  • 1/2 lemon (juice and skin)
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 15 ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 80 g spaghetti
  • 3-4 tbsp. boiling water
  • 1 tbsp. grated parmesan cheese

Bring some water to a boil and cook your spaghetti al dente Meanwhile combine peeled almonds, almonds with skin, basil, olive oil, salt, pepper, and the juice and zest of half a lemon


and with an immersion blender, blend them into a fine paste


Add a few tbsp. of the pasta water and stir well. Add as much water as needed to get the pesto of the right consistency: creamy but not watery!

Drain your spaghetti


dress them with the almond pesto


stir well then sprinkle with some freshly grated parmesan cheese and serve immediately



– LittleDani


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An Italian living in China with a strong passion for cooking! Browse my 'left-overs' session for many tasty grub!. Follow her on Twitter / Facebook.