Homemade pesto

I found this recipe while living in Budapest, and I’m happy to say it’s a winner! Afiyet Olsun!

Easy, Homemade and Cheap Pesto


  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 3 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Place almonds on a cookie sheet, and bake for 10 minutes, or until lightly toasted.
  2. In a food processor, combine toasted almonds, garlic, basil, olive oil, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Process until a coarse paste is formed.




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