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Published on June 15, 2020

Italian Pesto alla Trapanese

Healthy Meals Made Easy

In this pesto recipe from the Harvard School of Public Health, the traditional pine nuts are replaced with heart-healthy almonds. It goes well with whole-grain pasta.


  • 1 cup almonds, blanched
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • ½ cup parsley leaves
  • 1 cup basil leaves
  • ¾ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 ½ pounds (about 4) red tomatoes, peeled, seeded, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper


  1. Grind almonds, garlic, and herbs in the food processor. Beat in the oil, gradually.
  2. Transfer to a bowl and fold in the tomatoes, then season to taste with salt and pepper.

Makes 8 servings with 300 calories, 30 g fat, 7 g carbohydrates, 160 mg sodium, and 3 g fiber.

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