Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 4 cups
this delicious pesto is sure to hit the spot any time of the year!
  • ½ cup toasted walnuts
  • 3 tablespoons or approximately 9 cloves of garlic
  • 5 cups of fresh basil leaves, packed
  • 1 teaspoon of kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
  • 1½ cup of olive oil - the best you can afford
  • 1 cup of grated parmesan cheese (freshly grated is the best)
  1. Add the toasted walnuts and garlic into the food processor first.
  2. Process for about 30 seconds or until the two ingredients are well blended
  3. Add in basil leaves next along with salt and pepper
  4. Process again for another 45 seconds or so
  5. WIth processor still running, slowly add olive oil in until the pesto really starts coming together and is pureed
  6. Add in parmesan and process again for another minute
  7. Use pesto right away on your favorite pasta - remember to save some pasta water to use to incorporate pesto with pasta.
  8. Or refrigerate/freeze with a thin layer of olive oil drizzled on top of pesto.
Recipe by Chai Mommas at