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Walnut Pesto

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Clock Icon for Prep Time 15 min prep
Person Icon for Serving Size 8 servings
Carrot Icon for Number of Ingredients Size 6 ingredients

Just because you don’t have pine nuts doesn’t mean you can’t make pesto! You can use several combinations of nuts and herbs to make an inventive and delicious pesto. Here, we use walnuts, rich in...


  • 1 cup toasted walnuts
  • 2 cups loosely packed basil leaves
  • 1 garlic clove
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¾ cup Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
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Nutrition Facts


120 cals


11 g

Saturated Fat

3 g

Polyunsaturated Fat

1 g

Monounsaturated Fat

6 g


1 g


0 g


0 g


5 g


192 mg


  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Taste for seasonings.

Chef Tips

Pesto, in general, stores well in the freezer. It will keep for months to add to soups or pasta dishes.

Registered Dietitian Approved

Our recipes, articles, and videos are reviewed by our oncology-trained dietitians to ensure that each is backed with scientific evidence and follows the guidelines set by the Oncology Nutrition for Clinical Practice, 2nd Ed., published by the Oncology Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group, a professional interest group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and the American Institute for Cancer Research and the American Cancer Society