Walnut and Basil Pesto

Walnut and Basil Pesto
Prep 5 mins | No cook | Serves 4



  • 75g walnuts
  • 50g pack fresh basil leaves
  • 1 small clove garlic, peeled and chopped
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 75 ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 30g parmesan cheese, grated
  • Juice of half a lemon, or to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1.  Pound the basil leaves with the garlic and salt in a pestle and mortar or blitz in a food processor.
  2. Add the walnuts, pepper and olive oil and pound or blitz again until the required consistency is achieved – I like mine quite coarse, but you may prefer smooth…
  3. Stir in the parmesan cheese and add the lemon juice. Season with more salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Use as a sauce for pasta, or with griddled aubergines, salmon, chicken or lamb chops, or spread on your sandwiches!

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