Walnut Pesto

Walnut Pesto

  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook Time:
  • Total: 10 min
  • Serving: 4 Servings

Using walnuts in this pesto instead of the traditional Italian version with pine nuts, adds a slightly less buttery yet richer and deeper flavor.  For added depth, lightly toast the walnuts until fragrant before using.


  • 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons walnuts
  • 2 cup fresh basil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • pinch of crushed red pepper
  • 1/3 cup grated pecorino cheese
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper


  1. Turn on a food processor and drop the garlic down the processor flute to chop.
  2. Add the walnuts, basil, olive oil, crushed red pepper, cheese and a few pinches of salt and pepper. Process the mixture until smooth making sure to scrape down the sides as needed.


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