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Walnut Pesto

Basil and Walnut Pesto

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  • Author: Liz Thomson
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 minute
  • Total Time: 6 minutes
  • Yield: About 1 cup 1x
  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian Inspired
  • Diet: Vegetarian


This basil and walnut pesto is a delicious sauce made with just 5 simple ingredients. This is a budget friendly alternative to pine nut pesto with all the same delicious flavor! 


Units Scale
  • 2 cups fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese (about 1 1/2 ounces)
  • Salt to taste


Note: If you want the pesto to remain bright green, blanch the leaves before blending. To do this, bring a small pot of water to a boil. Add the basil leaves and cook for 5-10 seconds. Use a slotted spoon to remove the leaves and transfer to a clean kitchen towel. Gently pat dry. This step isn’t necessary for taste but it helps the pesto retain its vibrant green color.

  1. In a food processor, blend the walnuts, olive oil, garlic, and basil leaves until mostly smooth.

  2. Add Parmesan and pulse to combine.
  3. Season with salt to taste.