Pasta With Tomato and Almond Pesto (Pesto Alla Trapanese)

READY IN: 10mins
Recipe by kimmer9

Pesto that looked amazing and i want to try it and i'll lose the recipe if it isnt here! its from America's Test Kitchen so it has to be good :)

Top Review by karen in tbay

so very fresh tasting!!......only had whole almonds and didnt roast them. This recipe goes into keeper for sure

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. A half teaspoon of red wine vinegar and ¼ teaspoon of red pepper flakes can be substituted for the pepperoncini. If you don’t have a food processor, a blender may be substituted. In step 2, pulse ingredients until roughly chopped, then proceed with the recipe, reducing processing times by half.
  2. 1. Toast almonds in small skillet over medium heat, stirring frequently, until pale golden and fragrant, 2 to 4 minutes. Cool almonds to room temperature.
  3. 2. Process cooled almonds, tomatoes, basil, garlic, pepperoncini, 1 teaspoon salt, and red pepper flakes (if using) in food processor until smooth, about 1 minute. Scrape down sides of bowl with rubber spatula. With machine running, slowly drizzle in oil, about 30 seconds.
  4. 3. Meanwhile, bring 4 quarts water to boil in large pot. Add pasta and 1 tablespoon salt and cook until al dente. Reserve ½ cup cooking water; drain pasta and transfer back to cooking pot.
  5. 4. Add pesto and ½ cup Parmesan to cooked pasta, adjusting consistency with reser.

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