Basil Walnut Pesto Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins

A classic Italian basil walnut pesto sauce consisting of a rustic basil leaf puree, garlic, olive oil and walnuts. However it can be made with pine nuts, hazelnuts or almonds as well.

Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4
Author: Florentina
  • 2 cups Genoese basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil - or as needed
  • 3/4 cups walnuts or pine nuts -lightly toasted and cooled
  • 2 cloves garlic -grated
  • 1/3 cup parmigiano reggianno cheese -grated
  • the zest from 1 lemon
  • 1 squeeze lemon juice
  • 1 pinch sea salt + more to taste
  1. In the bowl of a food processor buzz up the walnuts with the basil leaves and olive oil until a rustic puree forms. pesto ingredients until smooth. 

  2. Transfer the sauce to a bowl and stir in the garlic, parmesan cheese, lemon zest and juice. 

  3. Adjust seasonings to your taste with the sea salt and serve.