Roasted Fennel Pesto With Fennel Fronds, Toasted Almonds and Garlic

A delicious spin on pesto made with fennel. [Photograph: Daniel Gritzer]

Roasted fennel bulb, raw fennel fronds, toasted almonds, olive oil, and garlic are the keys to this flavorful pesto variation. It's good on...well, just about everything.

Roasted Fennel Pesto With Fennel Fronds, Toasted Almonds and Garlic

About This Recipe

Yield:makes about 1 1/2 cups
Active time:10 minutes
Total time:20 minutes
Special equipment:immersion blender, blender, or food processor
This recipe appears in: Pesto Chango: Roasted Fennel and Almond Pesto is the Best Pesto You've Never Heard Of


  • 1 cup chopped fennel bulb from one medium bulb (about 4 ounces)
  • 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 1/2 cup skinned slivered almonds
  • 3/4 cup loosely packed fennel fronds
  • 2 medium cloves garlic
  • Kosher salt


  1. 1

    Preheat oven to 400°F. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss fennel with a drizzle of olive oil and roast, stirring occasionally, until softened and lightly browned, about 12 minutes. Meanwhile, scatter almonds on another rimmed baking sheet and bake, tossing occasionally, until lightly toasted, about 5 minutes. Let fennel and almonds cool slightly.

  2. 2

    Using an immersion blender, regular blender, or food processor, pulse roasted fennel with fennel fronds, garlic, and 1/2 cup olive oil until a puree forms. Add almonds and 1/4 olive oil and pulse until pureed. Add remaining 1/4 cup olive oil, season with salt, and pulse quickly to combine. Use right away or refrigerate for up to 3 days.


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