Walnut Basil Pesto
Everyone agrees - pesto is delicious. It is amazing to think that so many people buy the commercially available pesto, when it is beyond easy (and inexpensive) to make yourself.
This version replaces traditional pine nuts with walnuts, for an added nutritional punch and different flavour profile. Don't be scared to experiment with different nuts in your pesto. Cashews work well too.
Makes around 1 cup of pesto.
2 packed cups of fresh basil. (I used Gotham Greens basil.)
1 cup of unsalted walnuts (raw or roasted is fine. Roasted will give a richer flavour)
Generous pinch of salt
Around 1/4 cup of good quality extra virgin olive oil
Combine basil, walnuts and salt in a blender or food processor and blend to combine. With blender running, slowly drizzle in the olive oil. Continue to drizzle until the desired consistency is achieved.
Spread on bread in sandwiches, mix through pasta or top roasted vegetables with this deliciously healthy pesto.