Easy and unique summer recipe: Zucchini Mint Pesto

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Sick of the usual pasta? It’s super fast and easy to make a yummy new sauce: zucchini mint pesto with almonds and garlic! This recipe is delicious for the entire family! #zucchinirecipe #summerrecipe

Everyone knows and loves eating fragrant basil pesto in the summer (and you can find my foolproof recipe for it here), but today I want to show you a variation on this classic recipe that my entire family LOVES eating: zucchini mint pesto.

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Sick of the usual pasta? It’s super fast and easy to make a yummy new sauce: zucchini mint pesto with almonds and garlic! This recipe is delicious for the entire family!

We usually put it in pasta, but we also use it frequently on bruschette, crusty and crunchy grilled bread slices with flavorful toppings. My daughter loves it so much that she eats bowls of it plain with a spoon!

Do you have some garden-fresh zucchini that you want to try this recipe with? Well, let’s get started!

Ingredients:

Sick of the usual pasta? It’s super fast and easy to make a yummy new sauce: zucchini mint pesto with almonds and garlic! This recipe is delicious for the entire family!

  • ½ pound (250 g.) zucchini
  • 1 oz. (25 g.) fresh mint (about 2 BIG handfuls)
  • 1.5 oz. (40 g.) almonds (about 1 handful)
  • 1 ½ garlic cloves
  • 1/8 oz. (5 g.) grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/8 oz. (5 g.) grated romano sheep cheese (if you can’t find this, just use twice as much parmesan)
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • extra virgin olive oil

This recipe makes enough to top about 14 oz. (400 g.) of pasta, which would be four large plates.

Zucchini Mint Pesto with Almonds and Garlic

  1. Cut the zucchini into chunks and steam it until a fork easily pierces it, but not so much that it’s mushy.
  2. In the meantime, put the almonds in a little bit of boiling water for 1-2 minutes. When you take them out, the peel will slip right off. (Skip this step if your almonds don’t have the brown outer covering.) Then chop the almonds.
  3. Blend the zucchini, mint, almonds and a small amount of the cooking water until the mint and almonds are somewhat shredded. Then add minced garlic, cheese, salt and some oil and blend until smooth.
  4. Adjust salt and oil (or any of the other ingredients) to taste.

Mix with pasta, put on bread or use as a dip. If you won’t use it all immediately, put it in a jar and cover the top with oil and store in the fridge up to a week. Otherwise freeze it.

Sick of the usual pasta? It’s super fast and easy to make a yummy new sauce: zucchini mint pesto with almonds and garlic! This recipe is delicious for the entire family!

Wasn’t that easy? And just wait til you try it! A fresh summery taste with just a hint of mint, nuts and cheese! Of course you can change the quantities of any of these ingredients to accomodate your preferences.

How would you use this zucchini mint pesto?

Limit your time at the hot stove with this delicious summer recipe! Family and guests will love zucchini ribbons with tomato, black olives and basil! #summerrecipe #zucchini

If you love this zucchini mint pesto and other simple summer recipes, make sure you try out these absolutely scrumptious Zucchini Ribbons! So tasty and colorful!

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And don’t forget to Pin this recipe so you’ll have it when you need it!

Sick of the usual pasta? It’s super fast and easy to make a yummy new sauce: zucchini mint pesto with almonds and garlic! This recipe is delicious for the entire family! #zucchinirecipe #summerrecipe

 

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