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Basil Walnut Pesto

Blended in a single minute, this creamy pesto recipe yields enough sauce to coat a pound of pasta for an easy dinner fresh from the herb garden.

spaghetti with basil walnust pesto on a white plate


  • 60 ml (¼ cup) olive oil
  • 25 g (¼ cup) grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 80 g (2 cups) fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 30 g (¼ cup) walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon salt, optional


  1. Place all ingredients into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.
  2. Select Variable 1.
  3. Turn machine on and slowly increase to Variable 7.
  4. Blend for 45 seconds-1 minute, using the tamper to press ingredients into the blades.


Recipe yields enough sauce to coat one pound of pasta.

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