Basil Pesto with Walnuts

Simple Basil Pesto with Walnuts, a rich sauce that can be eaten with bread and crackers or tossed onto cold or hot pasta or any protein to complete a meal.

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Basil Walnut Pesto

How are your gardens doing? My little window sill has been the perfect sunny spot for mint and basil.

In fact, both herbs grew like crazy for being in such confined pots. I transplanted the mint to my courtyard where I have half of a wooden wine barrel that I use for a garden among some flowers.

Wish the little mint leaves luck!

Herbs that rely on my green thumb don’t always make it because I often forget an essential ingredient to a flourishing garden….water!

It seems that the plants that are plopped in my kitchen get watered as soon as they look a little droopy.

I can’t ignore them since they are right above the sink where the dish washing happens!

Basil Pesto with Walnuts - The Foodie Affair

Pesto With Fresh Basil

The basil was looking vibrant and smelt full of flavor, so instead of replanting it I thought I better use it up while it’s so fresh!

Pesto finger licking full of delicious flavor, it’s healthy, and easy to make using simple ingredients.

All you need is cheese, basil, olive oil and nuts. Traditionally pesto is made with pine nuts, but I make mine using walnuts.

California Walnuts sent me a gorgeous supply of walnuts and lucky for me the timing was perfect to use in this pesto sauce!

For this recipe I used a 1/3 cup of chopped walnuts, so I will have more tasty recipes coming to use up the rest of those walnuts.

Basil Pesto with Walnuts - The Foodie Affair

What To Serve Pesto Sauce With

Basil Pesto with walnuts can be served like a dip on crackers or bread, and it can also liven up any pasta dish.

In addition to a simple sip, pesto sauce is also delicious with fish and chicken.

Basil Pesto with Walnuts - The Foodie Affair

I have several other dishes that you can use this pesto for. Be sure to check out these recipes:

Pesto and Parmesan Popovers

Parmesan Popovers in a muffin pan right out of the oven

Tortellini Pesto Salad

Tortellini Pesto Salad in a brown pyrex bowl.
Healthy and simple Basil Pesto with Walnuts, a rich sauce that can be eaten with bread and crackers or tossed onto cold or hot pasta.

Basil Pesto with Walnuts

Simple pesto sauce made with fresh basil blended with walnuts. Super versatile sauce from a dip to a condiment on protein dish.
4.92 from 23 votes
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Course: Sauce
Cuisine: American
Keyword: basil, keto, low carb, pesto, sauce, side, walnuts
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1 cup
Calories: 196kcal
Author: Sandra Shaffer


  • 2 cups basil packed
  • 1/3 cup walnuts chopped
  • 1/2 cup parmesan-reggiano cheese
  • 3- 4 large garlic cloves chopped
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Put the basil and walnuts in the bowl of a food processor (or any high powered blender). Pulse until the leaves and nuts are broken down. Add the garlic and cheese and blend until incorporated into the basil mixture. You may need to stop the blender and scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula a couple of times.
  • Slowly add the oil while the processor is on to emulsify. Add salt and pepper to taste.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 196kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 173mg


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Homemade basil pesto made with walnuts. Simple recipe to use as a dip or over a protein or pasta dish.
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  1. This pesto is so fun and easy to make. I love using the walnuts. My family really couldn’t tell the difference.

  2. My basil did not do well this year but my mint on the other hand is a different story. I’ll be pinning this for next year when I hope to have a bumper crop again.

  3. I love pesto so much! I craved it during my first pregnancy! I haven’t had pesto with walnuts before! Your photos are stunning and I can’t wait to try this recipe! <3

  4. Gorgeous photos! We make pesto all the time and basil and walnuts is our old standby. You can’t go wrong with that combo. All of the farms here are having problems with downy mildew so no one has it anymore. And my plants aren’t looking so good either. It was a disappointing basil season. 🙁 At least we got quite a bit packed away in the freezer before the end.

  5. Your photos are just stunning. We love pesto at home it goes great with so many dishes. I hope mine looks as vibrant as yours when I try your recipe. Take Care, BAM