The secrets for a perfect pesto with almonds and pistachios

I segreti per un pesto con mandorle e pistacchi perfetto

Introduction to pesto with almonds and pistachios

We decided to present you a typical Sicilian pesto and we opted for a pesto with almonds and pistachios. We realized that the union of these two dried fruits would give the pesto a unique creaminess and flavour, which we could appreciate both in the traditional version on pasta and as a condiment for more creative dishes.

Perfect for a light summer lunch or for a quick but tasty dinner, pesto with almonds and pistachios lends itself to multiple uses in the kitchen. Its freshness and intense flavor are a real panacea for the palate and a pleasant surprise for those accustomed to the classic Genoese pesto.

During the preparation of this recipe, we discovered some secrets that we want to share with you, so that you too can successfully replicate this pesto with particular nuances.

  • Selection of ingredients : Choosing high quality almonds and pistachios is essential to obtain a delicious pesto. Make sure you opt for fresh and fragrant dried fruits.

  • Perfect roasting : Roasting the ingredients is a crucial step. Be careful not to burn them, but simply brown them lightly to bring out all the flavors.

  • Balance of ingredients : Finding the right balance between basil, cheese, oil, almonds and pistachios is essential to obtain a harmonious and tasty pesto. Experiment with proportions until you find the perfect combination for your palate.

With these small precautions, you will be ready to make a pesto with almonds and pistachios that will win over all your guests with its goodness and originality in the kitchen.

Instructions for preparing almond and pistachio pesto

We love sharing our secrets for preparing a perfect almond and pistachio pesto. Here's how to make this delicious sauce:

  • Ingredients needed:

    • Fresh almonds and pistachios
    • Fresh basil
    • High quality extra virgin olive oil
    • Grated pecorino or parmesan
    • Garlic
    • Salt and pepper
  • 1. Toast the almonds and pistachios:

    • Start by lightly toasting the almonds and pistachios in a pan without oil. Let cool before using them.
  • 2. Chop the ingredients:

    • Finely chop the almonds, pistachios, basil, garlic and cheese. You can add a pinch of salt and pepper during the process.
  • 3. Add oil:

    • Pour in the extra virgin olive oil while continuing to mix until you obtain the desired consistency.
  • 4. Adjust the consistency:

    • If the pesto is too thick, you can add a little pasta cooking water to make it more fluid.
  • 5. Taste and correct the flavor:

    • Taste the pesto and add salt and pepper if necessary. You can also add some shredded cheese for an extra flavor boost.

Now that you know our steps to prepare a delicious almond and pistachio pesto, we can't wait to hear you experiment in the kitchen!

First type of recipe: Traditional almond and pistachio pesto

When we think of pesto, our mind immediately takes us to the classic basil version, but we assure you that almond and pistachio pesto can be just as delicious and surprising. I learned this traditional recipe from my grandmother, who in turn had learned it from her great-grandmother, passing it down from generation to generation. Here are the secrets we have learned over the years to prepare a perfect pesto with almonds and pistachios:

  • Fresh, high-quality ingredients : We have always used fresh almonds and pistachios, rich in flavor and with an intense colour. Fresh basil, garlic and high-quality fresh parmesan cheese are key to a delicious, authentic pesto.
  • Perfect toasting : Before starting the preparation, we lightly toast the almonds and pistachios in a pan to enhance their flavour. This step gives the pesto a smoky and intense flavour.
  • Family trick : One trick we've learned is to add a pinch of freshly grated lemon zest, which gives the pesto a fresh, citrusy twist.
  • The importance of manual skills : Although blenders or food processors are often used to speed up the process, we prefer to crush the ingredients in a mortar. This method requires more time and effort, but is unparalleled for achieving the right texture and blend of flavors.

By following these secrets and combining quality ingredients, you will be able to prepare a traditional almond and pistachio pesto that will conquer the palates of all your guests. And remember, the real secret lies in the love and dedication you put into the preparation of each dish!

Second type of recipe: Almond and pistachio pesto with dried tomatoes

In this variation of our pesto with almonds and pistachios, we will add a special touch by adding dried tomatoes. This ingredient gives pesto an intense flavor and a creamy texture that will make your dishes even more delicious.

To prepare this version, we will need the same basic ingredients: almonds, pistachios, extra virgin olive oil, fresh basil and garlic. However, this time we will also include pickled dried tomatoes for extra flavor.

Here are the steps to create our almond and pistachio pesto with dried tomatoes:

  1. Toast the almonds and pistachios in a pan to intensify their flavor.
  2. In a blender, combine the almonds, pistachios, dried tomatoes drained from the oil, fresh basil, garlic and extra virgin olive oil.
  3. Blend all the ingredients together until you obtain a smooth and creamy consistency.
  4. Season with salt and pepper according to your taste.

This full-bodied and richer pesto thanks to the dried tomatoes goes perfectly with fresh pasta or as a condiment for crostini and bruschetta. It is a creative and tasty alternative to the classic Genoese pesto that will surely conquer the palate of anyone who tastes it. Experiment in the kitchen and let yourself be surprised by the intense flavors of this delicious variant of pesto with almonds and pistachios. Enjoy your meal!

Third type of recipe: Almond and pistachio pesto with added rocket

The third type of pesto that we propose is a delicious variant that combines the crunchiness of almonds and pistachios with the strong flavor of rocket. This pesto is perfect for those who love experimenting with new and surprising flavors.

  • Ingredients needed:

    • Almonds
    • Unsalted pistachios
    • Fresh rocket
    • Extra virgin olive oil
    • Grated Parmigiano Reggiano
    • salt
  • Preparation:

    1. Toast the almonds and pistachios in a pan without adding oil until they are golden and fragrant.
    2. Wash and dry the rocket, then add it to the toasted almonds and pistachios.
    3. Add a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and blend everything until you obtain a creamy consistency.
    4. Add the grated Parmigiano Reggiano and a pinch of salt, continuing to blend until the mixture is smooth.

This pesto rich in contrasts is ideal to serve with fresh homemade pasta or as a condiment for tasty bruschetta. Try adding a few leaves of fresh rocket on top of the dish for an extra touch of freshness. Enjoy your meal!

Remember that the art of pesto lies in the craftsmanship and care of the ingredients, so don't be afraid to experiment and customize the doses according to your tastes.

Variations and suggestions for customizing the almond and pistachio pesto

We love experimenting in the kitchen to create unique and tasty dishes. Here are some suggestions and variations that you can consider to customize your almond and pistachio pesto:

  • Add a touch of freshness : To make your pesto even more delicious, you can add a pinch of grated lemon zest. This will give the pesto a fresh and citrus note that goes perfectly with the flavor of the almonds and pistachios.

  • Experiment with herbs : If you want to add a touch of flavor to your pesto, try adding fresh herbs like basil, parsley or mint. These herbs will give your pesto a depth of flavor and an irresistible aroma.

  • High quality extra virgin olive oil : Extra virgin olive oil is a fundamental ingredient for a good pesto. Make sure you use a high-quality oil to best bring out the flavor of the almonds and pistachios.

  • Experiment with different cheeses : To give your pesto a creamy texture and a strong flavor, you can experiment with adding different cheeses such as parmesan, pecorino or grana padano. These cheeses will add a touch of complexity to your pesto.

  • Consistency variations : If you prefer a creamier pesto, you can add a little extra pasta cooking water or olive oil to achieve the desired consistency. If you like chunkier pestos, add a little more almonds and pistachios for a thicker consistency.

Experiment with these variations and customizations to create your own unique and irresistible almond and pistachio pesto. Enjoy your meal!

Use almond and pistachio pesto in cooking

When we have almond and pistachio pesto available, the possibilities in the kitchen become endless. Here are some ideas on how to best use this delicious and versatile condiment:

  • Classic Pesto Pasta : Nothing beats the combination of al dente pasta and creamy pesto. Mix the almond and pistachio pesto with the freshly drained pasta and add some chopped pistachios for an extra crunch.
  • Fresh salads : use pesto as a dressing for mixed or pasta salads. Its intense flavor will make even the simplest of salads a special dish.
  • Aromatic bruschetta : spread pesto on slices of toasted bread and add fresh cherry tomatoes cut in half or crumbled feta cheese.
  • Chicken rolls with pesto : stuff thin slices of chicken breast with pesto and roll them up. Bake in the oven for a dish full of flavor.
  • Pesto Pizza : Replace tomato sauce with pesto on your homemade pizza. Add fresh mozzarella and cherry tomatoes for a delicious combination.

Experiment freely in the kitchen and discover all the wonderful combinations that almond and pistachio pesto can offer!

Preservation and preservation of almond and pistachio pesto

As soon as we have finished preparing our delicious almond and pistachio pesto, we find ourselves faced with a new problem: how best to preserve it to ensure we can enjoy its irresistible flavor for a long time? Here are some practical tips that will help you preserve your pesto in an optimal way:

  • Airtight container: To store almond and pistachio pesto, it is essential to transfer it to an airtight container. This will prevent the oxidation of its ingredients and keep its authentic flavor intact.

  • Cover with oil: Remember to cover the surface of the pesto with a thin layer of extra virgin olive oil before closing the container. This will help protect the pesto from the air and preserve its freshness.

  • Refrigeration: Almond and pistachio pesto should be stored in the refrigerator, especially if it contains fresh ingredients such as basil. This will prevent it from deteriorating quickly. Remember that pesto keeps better if consumed within 4-5 days of preparation.

  • Freezing: If you want to keep the pesto for a longer period of time, you can try freezing it. Transfer it to containers suitable for freezing and remember to leave room for expansion. Frozen pesto can last up to 3 months without losing quality.

By following these simple tips, you will be able to preserve your almond and pistachio pesto in an optimal way, ensuring that you can enjoy every single delicacy even in the days to come.

The health benefits of eating almonds and pistachios

Almonds and pistachios are not only delicious, but also incredibly beneficial for our health. When we add them to our pesto, we not only give the recipe a unique flavor, but we also bring numerous benefits for our well-being.

  • Rich in nutrients : Almonds and pistachios are loaded with important nutrients such as proteins, fibre, vitamins and minerals essential for our body.

  • Benefits for the heart : Both dried fruits are rich in unsaturated fats which promote heart health, helping to reduce bad cholesterol and keep blood pressure under control.

  • Brain wellbeing : Thanks to their vitamin E and antioxidant content, almonds and pistachios are excellent allies for brain health, helping to fight oxidative stress and improve cognitive functions.

  • Weight control : Despite their calorie content, almonds and pistachios are actually allies in weight loss. They can promote a sense of satiety and help control sudden hunger attacks.

Incorporating almonds and pistachios into our pesto not only makes the dish tastier, but allows us to enjoy all these fantastic benefits for our health. Bon appetit and health to all of us!


In conclusion, we have learned that choosing the right ingredients is essential to prepare a perfect pesto with almonds and pistachios. The toasted almonds give the pesto a rich and enveloping flavour, while the pistachios add a note of freshness and colour. The freshness of the ingredients, such as high-quality fresh basil and well-aged Parmesan cheese, is essential for a superior result.

The preparation technique is equally important. Chopping the ingredients manually with a marble pestle is the traditional way to obtain a pesto with the perfect consistency and balanced flavor. However, if you opt to use a blender, it is important to be careful not to overheat the ingredients to preserve their organoleptic qualities.

Finally, storing pesto correctly is essential to keeping its flavors intact. Remember to cover the surface of the pesto with a thin layer of oil and store it in the refrigerator to maximize its freshness. Alternatively, you can freeze the pesto in small portions to always have it on hand.

By following these simple tips and putting passion into the preparation, you will be able to make an exceptional pesto with almonds and pistachios, perfect for seasoning your favorite pasta or for adding a special touch to creative dishes. And if you don't have a way to make it yourself, no problem! You can find a pesto with pistachios and almonds made to perfection in our shop.