This easy pesto recipe is made with walnuts and basil leaves. It is fantastic with pasta but it also goes very nicely with vegetables, on pizza, in sandwiches, with shrimp, fish, chicken, soups, quesadillas — well you get the idea.
Pesto can be made with pine nuts as well. Make sure to use a good extra virgin olive oil when you are making pesto. Once it is ready keep it in a closed jar in the refrigerator. Cover the pesto with a thin layer of olive oil so that it does not turn brown.
This is what you are going to need to make this easy pesto recipe:
Makes about 2 cups
½ cup walnuts
4 garlic cloves
3 cup washed basil leaves
Salt & Pepper
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 cup shredded Parmesan and Romano cheese (or only Parmesan)
Place the walnuts and garlic in a food processor and process until finely ground. Add the basil, salt and pepper. Process again.
Add the olive oil in a thin stream while the processor is on. Finally process in the cheese.
Transfer the pesto to a jar and add a thin layer of olive oil over it. Cover and refrigerate.