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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.
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!
- 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
- Cut the zucchini into chunks and steam it until a fork easily pierces it, but not so much that it’s mushy.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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?
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!
And don’t forget to Pin this recipe so you’ll have it when you need it!