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Easy walnut pesto

Diana Henry / 12 October 2016

This quick and easy pesto recipe is the ideal way to get the health benefits of walnuts into your diet.

Walnut pesto
Walnut pesto

Preparation time

5 minutes




  • 40g (1 1/2 oz) parsley leaves (no stalks)
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 35g (1 1/4oz) walnuts
  • 15g (1/2oz) pine nuts
  • 100ml (3 ½fl oz) extra virgin olive oil
  • 30g (1oz) grated Parmesan (or vegetarian alternative)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


We’re always being told to eat more nuts, and walnuts are especially good for you. They’re high in omega-3 and cancer-fighting antioxidants.

To make this walnut pesto, blitz the parsley, garlic, walnuts and pine nuts in a food processor.

With the food processor motor still running, pour in the extra virgin olive oil.

Season with salt and pepper to taste and stir in the grated Parmesan.

Toss with cooked pasta. Leftover pesto can be drizzled onto a pizza, stirred through soup or spread in a chicken sandwich.

Walnut pesto

Try one of our other easy pasta recipes, including ziti pasta with broccoli and toasted pine nuts, spaghetti carbonara and roast pumpkin with tagliatelle and parsley pesto.

The opinions expressed are those of the author and are not held by Saga unless specifically stated.

The material is for general information only and does not constitute investment, tax, legal, medical or other form of advice. You should not rely on this information to make (or refrain from making) any decisions. Always obtain independent, professional advice for your own particular situation.