Keep this simple side dish recipe on hand for those moments when you’re in a pinch, and can’t think of anything to make. The richness of the almond pesto pairs nicely with the sweetness of roasted onions.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Place the onions in a large bowl. Add 1 tablespoon of the olive oil, a pinch of salt and pepper, and toss until coated. Transfer to a sheet pan and roast in the oven for 30 minutes or until semi-soft.
Bring a small pot of water to a boil over high heat and add the almonds. Cook for 1 minute, then immediately remove with a slotted spoon. Peel the skins with a kitchen towel. Place the almonds on a cookie sheet or sheet pan and roast for 7-8 minutes in the oven or until golden brown. Remove and cool completely. Place the almonds in a clean coffee grinder or food processor and grind until fine.
Using a mortar and pestle (you can also use a food processor), mash the garlic with a pinch of salt and pepper. Add the lemon zest, parsley, and basil and continue to grind by hand until the mixture is well blended. Add ½ cup of the olive oil, Parmesan cheese, and the ground almonds.
Heat the remaining olive oil in a small sauté pan over low heat and add the breadcrumbs, cooking until lightly browned, about 8 minutes.
Slice the cooked onions in half and place 1-1½ teaspoons of the almond pesto on each piece, or according to taste. Sprinkle each onion with the toasted breadcrumbs. Serve at room temperature.