Pesto is a simple sauce usually made with basil, olive oil, parmesan cheese and pine nuts but I have used walnuts to make basil walnut pesto. It is easy to make and needs very less ingredients. It needs no cooking. I was so excited when I saw basil leaves in Chennai as making pesto was in my to-do list long since. Today we will learn how to make basil walnut pesto following this easy recipe.
Wash and use the basil leaves alone.
Combine basil leaves, garlic, and walnuts in a food processor or blender and grind coarsely.
Add olive oil slowly and blend for a few seconds. Add grated cheese and blend again for a few more seconds.
Add salt and pepper powder to taste.
Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator and use it within 3-4 days. When storing, add a thin layer of olive oil on top of the pesto.
Note - You may adjust the ingredients according to your taste.
Pesto can be used as a spread on sandwiches or you can toss it with pasta or roasted potatoes or salad.
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