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How to Make Basil Walnut Pesto


  • 2 ½ to 3 cups fresh sweet basil leaves packed
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ¼ cup walnuts
  • ½ cup grated parmesan
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • Salt and pepper if desired


  • Toast walnuts by placing on a microwave safe plate. Microwave for 30 seconds. Stir and microwave again for another 30 seconds or until walnuts smell fragrant. Do not overcook. Allow walnuts to cool slightly..
  • Place basil, 1 tablespoon olive oil, walnuts, and parmesan cheese in a food processor.
  • Turn food processor on and drizzle with additional olive oil as the mixture processes until the desired consistency is reached.


Cook’s notes: For a more traditional pesto sauce, pine nuts can be substituted for walnuts.