Wellness & Natural Food

Castellane pasta with almond pesto

Written by Veronica Lavenia


Each culture has its own comfort food. For Italians, pasta is certainly one of the comfort foods par excellence. It is in our DNA and, as such, is one of the most celebrated dishes.

Few but quality ingredients (first of all pasta which, by law, in Italy, is only made with durum wheat) and the recommended dose of 80 grams.

A true Italian pasta dish has no elaborate sauces or high-fat condiments.

Pesto, in its various forms, in addition to the traditional recipe with the basil, is one of the most loved condiments.

My almond Pesto is strictly made with raw ingredients and its goodness comes from the flavors emanating from top quality products.

The best Sicilian almonds, Pecorino cheese, sage from my garden are among the ingredients of this tasteful and nutritious recipe, ideal for the cold season.

Castellane pasta with almond pesto: Ingredients

Serves 4


100 g (3½ oz) almonds

5 sage leaves

Extra virgin olive, to taste

50 g (2 oz) grated Parmigiano cheese, to taste

1 tbsp grated Pecorino cheese

Pinch of sea salt

A hint of red pepper, coarsely chopped

320 g (11 ¼ oz) Castellane or other short pasta

Castellane pasta with almond pesto: Method

  1. Blend the almonds with the sage and olive oil. Add the Parmigiano, Pecorino, salt, pepper and a little olive oil (if necessary, dilute with a little water).
  2. Cook pasta al dente,in boiling salted water.
  3. Drain stir through the almond pesto.
  4. Serve immediately.

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About the author

Veronica Lavenia

PhD (former University academic). Italian based (food) writer and magazine contributor. Authors of six books (five cookbooks), some of her works have appeared and appears in the most popular International food magazine, as “Gluten-free Heaven”; "Vegetarian Living"; "Veggie Magazine"; "Lifestyle FOOD"; "Australian Good Food & Travel Guide; "Chickpea";" TML", among others. EVOO Communicator and consultant.