Don't get me wrong, I love pine nuts - rich, sweet and delicate but also quite expensive. I'm much more likely to be stocked up on organic walnuts, which is why I often sub them in when making pesto. This pesto is great for sandwiches, tossed with pasta, or even used as part of a charcuterie board.
- 1 cup packed basil leaves
- 1/2 cup walnuts
- 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/2 tsp salt
- optional 1-2 cloves garlic
Put all of the ingredient in a food processor and blend until a thick paste forms. You can continue to blend until it reaches a consistency to your liking. The longer you blend it the smoother it will be. I recommend using a mini food processor if you have one since this is for a small batch or double the recipe if making in a standard 8 cup food processor.