From garden to kitchen: Oregano and almond pesto

You say 'O reg ano', I say 'O ri Garno'. O reg ano, O ri Garno, let's call the whole thing off!
My oregano plant had gone a bit wild earlier this year but I kept putting off finding a use for it. And then it started raining. Non-stop. For over a week. And then I decided I better harvest it before this relentless rain destroys it all.

And with all my saved oregano, I proceeded to make a neat pesto sauce with almonds in it. This is the first time I've strayed from using basil and pinenuts and the results was surprising tasty, creamy, nutty and just beautiful.
Ingredients

1 cup oregano leaves, washed and pat dry
1/2 parmesan cheese, grated
1-2 garlic cloves
1/2 cup almonds, roughly chopped
1/3 cup of olive oil
salt and pepper, to taste

Method

1. Add almonds to food processor and pulse a few times before adding oregano, cheese and garlic until finely chopped and combined.

 2. Slowly add the olive oil in a constant stream while the food processor is on.

3. Stop to scrape down the sides of the food processor with a rubber spatula. Add a pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste and pulse a few times more.

I had my pesto tossed with pasta, mushrooms and tomatoes, but it'll work wonderfully on pizza or as a spread. How do you use pesto?

36 Responses to From garden to kitchen: Oregano and almond pesto

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Looks fantastic. I should try this.

Elsa Hurtado said...

This is great!
Definitely trying it

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Rowena @ rolala loves said...

Oregano and almond sounds like a delightful flavor combination. I've been using pesto on pasta salads lately.

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Loz said...

sounds delicious :)

Tammy said...

I loooove pesto! And I love that you used oregano...great variation. Just planted oregano hopefully it starts coming up soon!

You have a really pretty site!

Toodles,
Tammy

Sam said...

I love using pesto in pasta dishes, salads and bruschetta. I've never tried it with oregano before, sounds really yum!

Kate Sullivan Corpuz said...

Now I'm craving fresh mozzarella, tomato & pesto!

always, koru kate

Elly @ Caribbean Living said...

Mmmm this looks amazing Trishie! My oregano is also going nuts, think I might have to have a go at this recipe...

Jemma said...

Clever intro to your post-made me smile as did this yummy pesto recipe!
Happy Hugs,
Jemma

Sharlynn said...

Yummy yummy! I wish the temperature allowed for growing such lovely herbs here! I love pastas and i really need a pesto right now!

Iliska Dreams said...

Have you ever made pesto without the garlic? I am allergic to it, but love pesto.

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Samantha Gilbert said...

This looks delicious!!! I love pesto! =)

honey my heart said...

oh yum! pesto is a current favorite of ours, and this would be such a treat.

Kim Alston said...

there's nothing like fresh pesto! yummm
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lucent imagery said...

I made some last month and have it frozen for some easy winter dishes. x

little t said...

Mmmmm... we have a ton of oregano in the garden too.

Ice Pandora said...

Mhmmm sounds like a great pesto
for pasta/bread really c: Xx

Tina Bradley said...

Looks so yummy and fresh! Yummy; plus looks simple to whip up (always good!)! T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

Stephanie Lula said...

This look so delicious, I'm always looking for new things to try, and anything pertaining to pasta has my vote! :)

Gillian said...

Oh yum! How inspiring. I love pesto with a passion but rarely stray from the basil version. I mainly use it on pasta but sometimes pizzas or salads too. This version sounds amazing. xx

Briseidy said...

I love oregano! this sounds delicious!

Not Just A Pretty Dress said...

Trishe, this sounds delicious! I was thinking about trying out new pesto recipes and I'm going to note this one...many thanks! Caterina

Our Neck of the Woods said...

That sounds delicious! I have lots of herbs I need to harvest because they are going a little wild. I might have to try pesto with different herbs. Love this idea!

Anouka K said...

This pesto looks really delicious!

OtherMix said...

Looks good, pesto is very nice :3

Amy said...

What a beautiful pesto. I've never made one with oregano. Unfortunately, my oregano didn't survive my "brown thumb"! hahaha....I need to get a new plant before I can make this. :) What a great way to use up your harvest!

Amy @ Elephant Eats said...

I can't wait to have a garden! This looks great...I would never have thought to put oregano in pesto, but it sounds totally delicious.

Sonia De Macedo said...

Oh this combination sounds delicious. I've always wanted to make my own pesto and am yet to fulfill this yearning hehehe. Will add this one to that list of culinary dreams!

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Jane said...

looks so green and fresh and delicious! i love your from garden to kitchen posts!

jo said...

I love pesto and I couldn't believe how easy it is to make. Have a great week, Trishie!

xo Jo

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My Garden Diaries said...

Now this is awesome! I have never even considered doing oregano instead of basil!!! I will have to give it a go! How yummy it must be!!

maria said...

looks amazing! Sorry it's been so long between visits! Nice to come back to such a great post though. I hope you've been feeling well??
Maria x

Susannah said...

Trishie I got so hungry reading this blog post. I would love to try your pesto. I've enjoyed pesto from a jar before, but I bet fresh is so much better. Your husband is so lucky! Susannah sparkle2day.com

Natalie G said...

Looks like a great pesto! Healthy too!

Midnight Cowgirl said...

Looks good!