Basil and Walnut Pesto

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 130kcal
A simple pesto with a kick of red pepper!
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  • 4 cups basil leaves
  • 3 cloves garlic peeled
  • 1/2 cup walnuts toasted
  • 1/2 cup parmesan-reggiano
  • zest and juice of one lemon
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil more as needed
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt


  • To the bowl of a food processor or Vitamix blender add basil, garlic, walnuts, parmesan, lemon zest, juice, and red pepper flakes.
  • Pulse a few times to break down the basil.
  • In a steady stream add olive oil, pulsing until olive oil is blended into other ingredients and mixture forms a loose paste. If your pesto is too thick, add additional olive oil one tablespoon at a time until you reach the desired consistency.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Enjoy!



Calories: 130kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 261mg | Potassium: 51mg | Vitamin A: 465IU | Vitamin C: 1.7mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 0.5mg