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This Basil Walnut Pesto recipe comes together in 15 minutes with just 6 ingredients. Great for pasta, sandwich spreads, and garnishing soups!

Basil Walnut Pesto

This Basil Walnut Pesto recipe comes together in 15 minutes with just 6 ingredients. Great for pasta, sandwich spreads, and garnishing soups!

Course Pantry, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Italian
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 16 servings
Calories 191 kcal

Ingredients

  • 6 cloves garlic unpeeled (see notes)
  • 1/2 cup walnuts (see notes)
  • 4 cup packed fresh basil leaves
  • 2 cup packed fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
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Instructions

To toast the garlic (optional):

  1. Toast the garlic cloves in their skin in a small skillet over medium heat, shaking often, until brown spots form, about 5 minutes. Remove to a small bowl to cool before peeling.

To toast the walnuts (optional):

  1. Meanwhile, return the skillet to medium heat and add walnuts. Toast until fragrant, 5 to 10 minutes, shaking frequently to prevent scorching. Remove from heat.

To make the pesto:

  1. Combine peeled garlic, walnuts, basil, parsley, parmesan cheese, and olive oil in a blender or food processor; blend until smooth.
  2. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve as a topping on pasta (3/4 c. pesto per pound of pasta), as a spread on sandwiches, or as a garnish to soups.

Recipe Notes

  1. Toast the garlic and the walnuts is optional but recommended. If skipping these steps, peeling the garlic before adding to the food processor in Step 3.