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Simple Walnut Pesto

Try this delicious Simple Walnut Pesto recipe from KC the G-Free Foodie. It's easy to make and entirely gluten-free.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: pesto, sauce
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 313kcal
Author: K.C. Cornwell


  • Blender


  • 2 cups packed fresh basil leaves
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil divided
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Pecorino or Parmesan cheese


  • Combine the basil, garlic, and walnuts in a food processor or blender and process until coarsely chopped. Add 1/2 cup of the oil and the cheese, then process until sauce is smooth. Season with 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper.
  • Drizzle in the remaining oil while pulsing until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and taste for seasoning: add more salt or pepper if needed. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.



Sauce may be frozen in a sealed, freezer-safe contain for up to 6 weeks.


Calories: 313kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 135mg | Potassium: 80mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 487IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 125mg | Iron: 1mg