Substituting walnuts for pine nuts creates a delicious pesto that is a lot more affordable
1/3 cup walnuts
2 ½ cup basil leaves
¼ tsp sea salt
1-2 cloves of garlic
2-4 TB grape-seed oil or other flavorless oil
½ to ¾ cups extra-virgin olive oil
½ to ¾ cups grated Parmesan
Freshly ground pepper to taste
Either toast the walnuts in a dry skillet over medium heat until fragrant and lightly golden or use the walnuts untoasted. Place garlic cloves and salt in the bowl of a food processor to finely chop. Add the basil leaves, walnuts and Parmesan cheese and process until the mixture is chopped and blended. With the motor running, add just enough grape-seed oil (or other flavorless oil) through the feed tube to form a thick paste. Transfer to a bowl and drizzle olive oil over the pesto, stirring until the desired consistency is achieved. Season to taste with more salt, if needed, and a few grinds of black pepper.
Cashews also make a great substitute for Pine Nuts.
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