Basil and Walnut Pesto

    10 minutes

    Aromatic and fresh basil leaves are blended with Parmesan, walnuts and cloves of fresh garlic. This pesto tastes great on pasta, with tomatoes or even as a dip.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 130g fresh basil leaves
    • 190g chopped walnuts
    • 4 cloves garlic, diced
    • 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
    • 1 cup olive oil
    • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

    Preparation:10min  ›  Ready in:10min 

    1. In a food processor, blend together the basil leaves, nuts, garlic and cheese, slowly pouring in the oil as it blends. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

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    Altered ingredient amounts. Mmm...this was very good. The recipe, as written, makes 2 cups. I used 3 cloves garlic instead of 4, and found it was plenty. A bit of lemon juice mixed in will help prevent browning, if you're freezing it.  -  29 Sep 2008


    really great basic recipe. i used pine nuts instead of walnuts for more authentic taste.  -  29 Sep 2008


    I had a ton of basil that I needed to use up. I was struggling to choose a recipe, so I decided to try three different pesto recipes from this site. In A-typical allrecipes fashion I actually stuck exactly to each recipe so that we could truly judge them fairly. The recipes were Easy Pesto by Rebecca Jane Thompson, Pesto Sauce by Sara, and Simple Garlic and Basil Pesto by FuzzyGreenMonkey. My favorite was Easy Pesto. It had a nice nutty flavor because of the toasted almonds. It's also nice if you don't have much basil on hand because it uses half as much as the other recipes. My husband liked Simple Garlic and Basil Pesto the best, it was my close second. The parmesan cheese and pine nuts really make that recipe. We both agreed that by far our least favorite was Pesto Sauce. It was very bland compared to the other two. I would attribute that to the 1 1/2 cups of walnuts. I would not recommend that recipe at all. It was a fun experiment and the other two recipes will go into my permanant file.  -  29 Sep 2008