Tomato and Almond Pappadelle

Om nom nom. (photo by Elspeth)

This is a stupendously simple but delicious pasta dish.

What will you need?

  • 1 small clove of garlic
  • 1/3 red pepper
  • 3 good quality tomatoes
  • 25g Ground Almonds
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh basil (roughly 5 leaves)
  • Olive Oil
  • Fresh Pappadelle pasta or tagliatelle
  • Extra basil and parmesan to serve


  1. Pre-heat your oven to 180.
  2. Roughly chop the garlic and red pepper, quarter your tomatoes and place on a baking tray……drizzle (a good glug) of olive oil over the veg and place the tray in the oven for around 15 minutes or until the tomatoes and pepper are softening.
  3. Next place the almonds on the same tray and return it to the oven for a further 5-10 minutes, this is the only ‘difficult’ bit of the recipe-the grounds almonds need removing from the oven just as they turn golden.
  4. Remove the tray from the oven and when cooled blitz in a food processor/blender with the basil until you have a smooth sauce.
  5. Cook your pappadelle, drain and return to the pan, heat the sauce through with the pasta and serve with extra basil and a healthy serving of grated parmesan.