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Homemade Basil Walnut Pesto

Stashing containers summer’s pesto is the simplest squirrel-like getting-ready-for-winter food ever. When fresh basil is garden plentiful, pull out the food processor and whip up a batch. This pesto freezes beautifully–all winter long, when you want pesto for pasta or pizza, there’s a stash of basil walnut pesto ready to use!

Walnut Basil Pesto in jar with spatula in background

Using a food processor, this pesto is quick to make–the work is in stripping the basil leaves off the stems. The garlic is super-easy to mince–begin your pesto by dropping whole garlic cloves in the work bowl while the processor is running and the blade is spinning. When the garlic stops hitting the sides of the processor bowl, it’s perfecty minced!

Compared to many other pesto recipes, this easy basil walnut pesto uses less olive oil than many pesto recipes–more basil bang for the buck. Not that extra virgin olive oil is a bad thing, I just think this pesto’s flavor and texture is dandy with less olive oil!

You’ll appreciate this budget-wise pesto. It’s made using walnuts and Pecorino Romano cheese in place of the more expensive pine nuts and Parmesan cheese called for in classic Italian Genovese pesto.

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Basil walnut pesto makes a quick and easy pasta sauce for sure. You’ll also love the extra flavor a dollop of pesto add to lots of other dishes. Basil pesto serves as an easy way to add fresh herbs and garlic to soups or anything that benefits from such a bump, like sauteed leafy greens.

Basil pesto is delicious spread on pizza dough–the beginnings of fabulous homemade pizza, like this homemade pesto potato pizza. Any time of year, a dollop of garlicky basil walnut pesto brings summer punch to so many recipes.

ingredients for Easy Basil Walnut Pesto

Purists be appalled, but any flavor or texture nuance lost by not using the traditional mortar and pestle (Affiliate link) is more than made up for with time saved by making it with the food processor.

You say stripping all the leaves still seems like a lot of work, and why not buy the pesto at Costco. To me, that’s like saying dried parsley is an adequate substitute for the fresh leaf. There is nothing like homemade easy basil walnut pesto, fresh, or frozen stash.

 Basil Walnut Pesto ready for processing in Cuisinart food processor

Whenever I make up a fresh batch of the emerald opulence, we gorge ourselves on pasta with pesto. There is no match for freshly made basil walnut pesto. What doesn’t go on the pasta that day, goes in jars and into the freezer for another meal.

You might also like this Garlic Scape and Mess o’ Greens Pesto. Or these Caprese Veggie Patties with Basil Arugula Pesto.

Make it a fabulous week–get in the kitchen and enjoy yourself!

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Nutrition information is meant to be an estimate only. Figure 2 tablespoons of pesto per person. The numbers will vary based on the quantity consumed, and any substitutions you make.

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