Walnut Basil Pesto
"Definitely not your traditional Italian pesto but sometimes being a rebel and trying something different is super cool!"Serves 6 | Prep Time 10 minutes | Cook Time
Why I Love This Recipe
Wanting to bust out of the traditional pine nut pesto box? Walnuts are a great alternative and cheaper too!
Ingredients You'll Need
1 cup walnuts
1 cup basil, loosely packed
1 garlic clove
1/2 lemon, juiced
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup olive oil
Prep the ingredients before putting into your food processor. I like to roughly chop up the basil and garlic.
Place your walnuts, basil, garlic, lemon juice and salt in your food processor and give it a whirl a few times to combine.
Running your processor at its low speed, slowly drizzle in the olive oil. This allows the oil to get to know all the other ingredients intimately or some fancy folks say the oil emulsifies.
Run your food processor until you have reached your desired pesto texture. I like a chunkier pesto so I don't blend too much but if you like a smoother texture run that sucker for longer until your happy.
Once done put in a bowl and keep in the fridge. The pesto should last for at least 3 days.
Now there is no end to the use of pesto. I've used it as a sandwich spread, pizza sauce, dip for veggies or just to lick off the spoon. Don't limit yourself, use it on whatever you choose.