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a spatula of fresh basil pesto

Simple Fresh Basil Pesto

A simple pesto using fresh basil and featuring walnuts (Pine Nuts can be used, if preferred). Make a batch in mere minutes!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword pesto
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 24 servings
Calories 38kcal
Cost $5


  • food processor


  • 2 ½ to 3 cups fresh sweet basil leaves packed
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ¼ cup walnuts
  • ½ cup grated parmesan
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • Salt and pepper if desired


  • Toast walnuts by placing on a microwave safe plate. Microwave for 30 seconds. Stir and microwave again for another 30 seconds or until walnuts smell fragrant. Do not overcook. Allow walnuts to cool slightly..
  • Place basil, 1 tablespoon olive oil, walnuts, and parmesan cheese in a food processor.
  • Turn food processor on and drizzle with additional olive oil as the mixture processes until the desired consistency is reached.


Cook’s notes: For a more traditional pesto sauce, pine nuts can be substituted for walnuts.


Serving: 2tablespoons | Calories: 38kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 32mg | Potassium: 15mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 150IU | Vitamin C: 0.7mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 0.1mg