Becky Luigart-Stayner
Yield
6 servings (serving size: 1 2/3 cups)

This made-in-the-processor pasta sauce combines olives and almonds for a twist on traditional pesto. It's also nice as a base on pizza. Green Spanish manzanilla olives are packed in brine.

How to Make It

Step 1

Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain pasta, reserving 6 tablespoons cooking liquid.

Step 2

Place olives, sliced almonds, flat-leaf parsley leaves, black pepper, and garlic in a food processor; pulse 3 times or until coarsely chopped. With processor on, add 2 tablespoons water and 1 teaspoon vinegar through the food chute, processing until mixture is finely chopped. Combine pasta, 1/4 cup reserved cooking liquid, and olive mixture in a large bowl; toss well. Add enough of remaining 2 tablespoons cooking liquid to make pasta mixture moist, tossing well to coat. Sprinkle with cheese. Serve immediately.

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