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A spoon with walnut pesto on it

Easy Walnut Pesto

  • Author: Jessica Hoffman
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x
  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Blend
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Diet: Vegetarian


This Easy Walnut Pesto comes together in 5 minutes and can be used on pasta, salads, as a spread or even a dip!


  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed 
  • 1/3 cup walnuts 
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese 
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove 
  • 1/41/2 tsp salt 
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tbsp lemon juice 


  1. Add all the ingredients to a food processor and pulse until the mixture comes together. (You may need to scrape down the sides of the food processor a few times.) 
  2. Taste and adjust salt and seasoning to your desired taste. 
  3. Enjoy with pasta, toast, on salads or however you like!


  • Serving Size: 1 tbsp
  • Calories: 60
  • Fat: 6g
  • Carbohydrates: 1g
  • Fiber: 0.5
  • Protein: 1g

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