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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


  • 180 ml (¾ cup) extra virgin olive oil
  • 75 g (3/4 cups) soy parmesan, or parmesan cheese
  • 15 g (6 ) garlic clove, peeled
  • 240 g (6 cups) fresh basil leaves
  • 90 g (¾ cup) walnuts
  • ¼ lemon, peeled
  • 1 teaspoon salt, optional


  1. Place all ingredients into the Vitamix container in order listed and secure the lid.
  2. Start the blender on its lowest speed, then quickly increase to Variable 7.
  3. Blend for 30 to 45 seconds, using the tamper to press ingredients toward the blades.

Chef's Notes

Walnuts help to make this pesto a creamy and filling sauce. Nutritional yeast in a good substitute for soy parmesan or parmesan cheese.

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