Move over pine nuts there’s a new nutty flavour in town….

Jar of Walnut and Basil Pesto

Instead of sticking with the original pine nut recipe I’ve decided to mix it up and try a new nutty experience. 


100g Walnuts
1-2 Garlic Cloves, peeled
100g Parmesan Cheese
50g Basil
150ml Olive Oil
Juice half a Lemon
Salt & Pepper to season
 
Makes approx 390g jar worth of pesto
 
Put the walnuts and garlic into a processor and blitz until finely chopped. Add the cheese and blitz again. Add the basil and blitz again whilst slowly pouring in the olive oil. Taste and season with the lemon juice, salt and pepper.
 
Walnut and Basil Pesto Blitzed In a Processor
 


I think the walnuts add a deeper flavour to the pesto.

Jar of Pesto

Pesto is a staple in my fridge. I tend to make up a batch and then keep it in an air tight jar. It will keep for at least a week or two.

Walnut and Basil Pesto is so versatile. It can be spread thick on bread for the tastiest sandwich explosion.

Pesto spread thickly on a panini

  
Here I have made a Chicken, Tomato, Mozzarella and Pesto Panini. Lightly toast the two halves and enjoy as an open panini. 

Chicken, Mozzarella and Pesto Open Panini
Chicken, Mozzarella and Pesto Open Panini


Or squash the two halves together and put in a panini maker for a delicious lunch in minutes. 

Chicken, Mozzarella and Pesto Panini on a plate
I got peckish during the photo shoot!



Pesto can make a fabulous dip.

Pesto and Carrot Sticks

Or use as a sauce for pasta or gnocchi for a glorious meal in no time at all.

Bowl of Pesto and Gnocchi
Steamy stuff!
Bowl of Pesto Gnocchi Close Up




Having a jar of homemade pesto to hand is perfect for those times when you want great tasting food FAST. Whilst packing in a few healthy nutrients from the walnuts and the basil as you go. 

All it needs now is to sit back, relax and enjoy with a big glass of red! Sounds perfect to me!

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