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walnut pesto

Walnut Pesto Recipe

This is a delicious pesto made with basil and walnuts instead of the usual pine nuts.
Course Condiment
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 5
Author Cookie Madness


  • 2 cups packed basil leaves 2 oz
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts toasted
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt plus a little more if needed
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon honey


  • Chop the basil and garlic in a mini food processor.
  • Gradually add ½ cup of the oil.
  • Add the walnuts, Parmesan cheese, salt, lemon juice and honey and process until mixed.
  • At this point, my pesto is sometimes a little too thick for my tastes so I add more oil. You can add more oil or leave it as is. Taste as you go. Adjust the salt if needed.