You are here: Home » Recipes » Basil Pesto with Walnuts Basil Pesto with Walnuts Kitchen Tested Yield 8 servings Prep 5 mins Cook 0 mins Classic pesto with walnuts instead of the traditional pine nuts. Mark Boughton Photography PrintEmail Walnuts are a mother lode of omega-3 fats, which are beneficial for heart disease, cognitive degeneration and osteoarthritis. Ingredients 3 cloves garlic1 1/4 cups fresh basil leaves, packed1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil1/4 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese1/4 cup walnuts, toasted1/4 teaspoon coarse salt1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper Instructions Place garlic in a food processor; pulse to finely chop. Add remaining ingredients; pulse until smooth. Makes about 1 cup. Recipe by Peter Bronski.