Easy Fresh Basil Pesto Recipe – No Expensive Pine Nuts Required!

Looking for an easy fresh basil pesto recipe that doesn’t require expensive pine nuts?  Fresh pesto couldn’t be much easier than this! Keep reading to see the recipe.

Looking for an easy fresh basil pesto recipe that doesn't require expensive pine nuts? Fresh pesto couldn't be much easier than this. See the recipe here!

Now that the weather has finally warmed up and is staying warm, my basil plants are flourishing.  That means it’s time to pull out my favorite fresh basil pesto with walnuts recipe.  I love to use it on pizza, as a sauce for pasta, and on sandwiches.

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The secret to an easy fresh basil pesto recipe is a food processor!

Traditional pesto originated in Italy and was originally made with a mortar and pestle.  The basil leaves were pounded to make a paste.  I don’t know of anyone today who has time for that!  Fortunately for us, making pesto is much easier these days.

Looking for an easy fresh basil pesto recipe that doesn't require expensive pine nuts? Fresh pesto couldn't be much easier than this. See the recipe here!

With a food processor, you can whip up this easy basil pesto recipe in just minutes.  Just add all your ingredients to the food processor, press a button, and a few minute later you have delicious pesto to use as a spread or in your favorite recipes.

The taste is out of this world!  Once you learn how easy this fresh basil pesto recipe is to make, you will never buy store-bought again!

Save money by making pesto with walnuts instead of pine nuts

Traditional pesto recipes call for pine nuts. Looking for a pesto recipe without pine nuts?  I don’t blame you – pine nuts are super expensive! (Don’t believe me?  Check out how much pine nuts cost on Amazon!)

To save money, I make pesto with walnuts instead of pine nuts.  Walnuts are a fraction of the cost of pine nuts.  I can’t tell any difference in the taste or texture of the finished product when I make fresh basil pesto with walnuts.

Easy Basil Pesto Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 2 pinches of sea salt (I use this brand in all my cooking!)
  • 3 cups packed fresh basil leaves, lightly packed
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup olive oil

Basil pesto recipe without pine nuts

Looking for an easy fresh basil pesto recipe that doesn't require expensive pine nuts? Fresh pesto couldn't be much easier than this. See the recipe here!

Place the clove of garlic, the walnuts, and salt into a food processor. Process on high to break down the nuts into tiny pieces.

Add the basil leaves and Parmesan cheese. Pulse a few times to start chopping up the leaves.

Looking for an easy fresh basil pesto recipe that doesn't require expensive pine nuts? Fresh pesto couldn't be much easier than this. See the recipe here!

With the food processor running, stream in the olive oil.  Process until the pesto is creamy, scraping down the sides of the food processor as needed.

This easy basil pesto recipe makes about 1 cup.

Keeping your basil pesto from browning

Looking for an easy fresh basil pesto recipe that doesn't require expensive pine nuts? Fresh pesto couldn't be much easier than this. See the recipe here!

Chopped basil easily oxidizes and turns a yucky brown color.  Not going to eat your fresh basil pesto immediately?  Stir in a tablespoon of lemon juice and store in the refrigerator with a thin layer of olive oil on the top to help keep it from browning.

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Easy Fresh Basil Pesto Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 2 pinches of salt
  • 3 cups fresh basil leaves, lightly packed
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup olive oil

Instructions

  1. Place the clove of garlic, the walnuts, and salt into a food processor. Process on high to break down the nuts into tiny pieces.
  2. Add the basil leaves and Parmesan cheese. Pulse a few times to start chopping up the leaves.
  3. With the food processor running, stream in the olive oil and process until the pesto is creamy.
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Looking for an easy fresh basil pesto recipe that doesn't require expensive pine nuts? Fresh pesto couldn't be much easier than this. See the recipe here!

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I make a ton of pesto during the warm months when the basil plants in my garden are producing well.  By growing a ton of basil and making this pesto with walnuts instead of pine nuts, having fresh pesto regularly is quite affordable.

My favorite use for this fresh basil pesto recipe is as a pizza sauce.  I top it with diced chicken and red bell peppers. Yummm! Here is my chicken pesto flatbread pizza recipe, if you want to check it out.

This pesto also makes a great pasta sauce or sandwich spread. So tell me… Have you made a pesto recipe without pine nuts?  What is your favorite use for pesto?




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