Walnuts are considered a super food, and this recipe is super easy! A winning combination in my (cook)book! This pesto can be tossed with pasta or smeared on salmon before baking. I also love it drizzled over roasted tomatoes…mmmmm!


  • 1-1/4 cup toasted walnuts
  • 2 cups packed, fresh basil leaves
  • 2 fat cloves garlic
  • Zest of 1/2 lemon
  • Juice of 1/4 to 1/2 lemon
  • 3 anchovy fillets
  • Extra virgin olive oil (use good quality)
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
  • Kosher or sea salt to taste

Pop walnuts, basil, garlic lemon zest and lemon juice and anchovies into a food processor. Process into a paste, then thin with extra-virgin olive oil until it is the consistency that you want. Add in Parmesan cheese, taste and season with salt. Enjoy!

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