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Traditional pestos call for pine nuts – and they are good for you – but walnuts are great for you and work wonderfully in this recipe.  Yields about 2 cups.

1 cup extra virgin olive oil
2/3 cup walnuts
2 or 3 cloves fresh garlic
4 cups fresh basil
1 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
Salt and pepper to taste

Place all ingredients into blender and pulse until desired consistency.  Use a spatula and/or tamper to help get ingredients into blades, if necessary.

  1. The ‘pulse’ is that a feature or a technique on or both types of blenders?
    Thanks in advance

    • Blenderdude

      Good question. The answer is probably “both.” The Blendtec comes with a “Pulse” button that will run for only as long as it is held depressed. So, you actually have to “control” it. To pulse on the Vitamix you would simply toggle the “Power” switch on and off. The Vitamix also comes with a very low variable speed which can be easily monitored until you achieve the particular consistencies you desire.

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