Vibrant Broad Bean Pesto with Mint and Almond

An easy broad bean pesto with basil, mint and almonds.

a close up picture of a jar of broad bean pesto on a wooden board

This broad bean pesto is fresh, vibrant and delicious! It uses a mix of fresh herbs and almonds for texture and taste.

If you’ve planted broad beans this year, you’ll soon be overwhelmed with a plethora of little green gems. They take a while to start producing but once those bees get in there and pollinate…Broad bean central!

bumble pollinating a broad bean flower

Podding and shelling will become your new norm and I thought I’d chime in with a recipe to help distribute the load.

Depending on where in the world you are, you may call these fava beans, in which case, enjoy this fava bean pesto!

a pot of broad beans in the garden

And as a bonus, this recipe doesn’t require you to peel the beans, only remove them from their pods. So that’s one step less.

This recipe contains some of the usual pesto suspects, parmesan, garlic, basil, lemon juice and olive oil. I also added some toasted almonds for texture and a hint of mint.

You can buy your almonds pre-toasted, or simply pop raw almonds on a tray and place in an oven at 180°C (356°F), for 4-5 minutes. It adds a wonderful depth of flavour to the almond.

a bird's eye view of a blender with almonds, basil and broad beans

It’s all blended together until it reaches your desired consistency. I like to blend the beans, herbs and nuts first so it can all fit in my little blender, before adding in the cheese and oil.

It’s fresh and vibrant and a great accompaniment to any meals. Try it with pasta, or on a crusty piece of sourdough bread.

bird's eye view of jar of broad bean pesto on a wooden board

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Broad Bean Pesto

Home Grown Happiness

A quick and easy broad bean pesto

Course Appetizer

Cuisine Italian

Servings 20 people

Calories 142 kcal




  • 1 1/2 cup broad beans podded, unpeeled
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 6 fresh mint leaves
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup toasted almonds
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup olive oil




  • Bring a pot of water to boil. Add in the broad beans and simmer for 2 minutes. Drain and allow to cool.

  • In a blender, combine the broad beans, herbs, almonds and salt and blitz until roughly combined. Add in the oil and the parmesan and blend until it reaches your desired consistency. You may need to scrape down the sides a few times.

  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week, or in the freezer for up to 6 months.


Calories: 142kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 3gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 97mgPotassium: 66mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 98IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 45mgIron: 1mg

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