Pasta con Pesto Alla Trapanese- Pesto Siciliano

Recipe: Pasta con Pesto Alla Trapanese- Pesto Siciliano


  • 3/4 cup slivered almonds- toasted
  • 2 1/2 cups cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup packed fresh basil leaves
  • 2 medium garlic clove, peeled & sliced
  • 1 small pepperoncini sliced, seeds and stem removed
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus 1 Tbs
  • 1 pound pasta, preferably a string type pasta
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan or pecorino Romano cheese, plus extra for serving


In a skillet over medium heat, toast the slivered almonds for about 6 minutes until they turn golden and fragrant. Allow the toasted silvered almonds to cool to room temperature.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and season with salt. Add the pasta and cook to the package specifications for al dente. Drain the pasta and reserve 1/4 cup of the pasta cooking water.

Pour the cooked pasta back in the pot and drizzle 2 Tbs extra virgin olive oil over the cooked pasta to prevent sticking.

In a food processor, only add the cooled toasted slivered almonds, cherry/grape tomatoes, basil, garlic, pepperoncini, kosher salt, and red pepper flakes and process until smooth scraping down sides of bowl with rubber spatula half way through processing. About 1 minute total Add the extra virgin olive oil with machine running and slowly drizzle in oil through the top of the processor to fully incorporate this will take about 20-30 seconds.

Add all of the pesto and 1/2 cup grated parmesan or Romano cheese to cooked pasta. Use tongs to swirl and incorporate the sauce on the pasta. If the sauce is too dry add a little of the reserved pasta water. Serve immediately, passing extra Parmesan or Romano cheese at the table

Meal type: dinner

Culinary tradition: Italian

Recipe adapted from America’s Test Kitchen

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