Basil and Walnut Pesto Sauce from Scratch

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In my laziest days, I always enjoy a simple plate of pasta with basil and walnut pesto sauce. How can such a simple green sauce make a plain pasta something out of this world? That’s the magic of this Italian sauce.

I like to always have some classic pesto in my fridge in case I need to add extra flavor to a pizza, sandwich, or pasta. It’s incredibly versatile.

A few drops of this magic sauce with fresh bread and Spanish serrano ham is the best combination for a hot summer afternoon.

And the best part is that you can make this sauce in 5 minutes and store it in your fridge for weeks.

Oh, and did I mention it only takes 5 ingredients?






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Pesto Sauce from Scratch
Prep Time
5 mins
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 6 people
  • 1 tbsp ground walnuts
  • 1 cup basil leaves washed
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  1. Crush the basil leaves until a paste is formed. (note 1)
  2. Add the parmesan (note 2), the walnut, the garlic and the oil. Mix well.
Recipe Notes
  1. Preferably use a mortar, but in case you don't have one you can use a sharp knife and cut energetically until the paste is formed.
  2. Grate the parmesan using the finest part of your grater.

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