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walnut pesto in a food processor.

Walnut Pesto


This walnut pesto is a twist on a classic basil pesto. Instead of pine nuts (which are really pricey) walnuts are mixed with fresh basil, garlic, and olive oil for a simple and delicious sauce. Toss with pasta, add it to soups, or spoon it over steak, chicken, or pork.


  • 1 cup basil
  • 3 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • Pinch of salt and black pepper


Place the basil, cheese, nuts, and garlic in a food processor. Add half of the olive oil and pulse until the ingredients are broken down and well combined.

With the food processor running, slowly add the rest of the olive oil until the pesto has the consistency you like.

Serve with hot pasta or store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Category: Sauces
  • Method: Blend
  • Cuisine: Italian


  • Calories: 155
  • Sugar: 0.1g
  • Sodium: 51.6g
  • Fat: 16.g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.6g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 13.8g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 1.1g
  • Fiber: 0.3g
  • Protein: 1.5g
  • Cholesterol: 1.4mg

Keywords: walnut pesto, pesto without pine nuts