Chilli Almond Pesto Pasta

This is a great dinner or weekend lunch dish to knock up. Really filling and tasty. Serve with a crisp salad to compliment the richness of the almonds.

Ingredients, serves 2

250 grams penne pasta

1 garlic clove, peeled

1 fresh chilli, stalk removed

50 grams almonds

250 grams cherry tomatoes

1 bunch of fresh basil

1 lemon

Method

Soak the almonds in boiled water for an hour and then discard the liquid.

Blend together the almonds, garlic, chilli, tomatoes and basil to desired consistency. I like the pesto with a bit of texture.

Squeeze in the juice of a lemon or to taste. I like to squeeze the whole lemon. Add a quarter of a teaspoon of salt or to taste.

Cook the pasta as per instructions, drain and mix with pesto. Serve up straight away with a drizzle of olive oil for a tasty lunch or supper.

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