Quick Walnut And Parsley Pesto

So, how do you end up with a quick walnut and parsley pesto? This recipe is about adaptibility and how we can make best use of our ingredients. Traditionally, pesto is made with basil and pine nuts. But one day we recieved three bundles of parsley with the groceries instead of one so I had to find creative ways to use it up!

Pesto was one of my first ideas, and it’s interesting the way that I came up with this recipe because I had garlic, parmesan, and olive oil, but I was also missing the other key ingredient for pesto – pine nuts. But the balance of pesto is in the freshness of the herb, with a distinct nuttiness.

bowl of fresh pesto
Using fresh pesto is the best!

So what I did have were walnuts and sunflower seeds. And why both? Walnuts have a strong, nuttier taste and will be a bold complimentary to the parsley. Sunflower seeds have a lighter favour, but a great smooth texture once blended that will help balance out the hardness from the walnuts.

Now, I like to make sure everything I do in the kitchen is easy and time-effective to execute. So I made this recipe to be an easy, quick walnut and parsley pesto, Not a difficult, slow walnut and parsely pesto. Because sometimes making food shouldn’t be cumbersome and exhausting. And because sometimes we want our pesto, and we want it now!

quick walnut and parsley pesto on a table with sunflower seeds and walnuts

I like this tangy and garlicky, so even though this is a walnut parsely pesto, you’re still getting that taste we all love, with the combination of parmesan, garlic and for my tastes, some lemon to give it a kick – because I like all my flavours to be punchy somehow.

When I made this, I blended it until it was smooth, almost like a paste. But you can set your blender or food processor to pulse until you get to that slightly chunky texture of classic pesto. That doesn’t change the taste, though! It will still be delicious in your pastas or having a cheeky dip in with some fresh, crusty bread. Either way, enjoy this because it’ll take about 5 quick minutes for you to throw together and can go straight from your blender and into your belly.

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Quick Walnut And Parsley Pesto
Tangy, garlicky, and fragrant, this pesto is a great pairing with a lot of dishes and makes frequent appearances in some of my recipes.
Prep Time 5 minutes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings
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  1. This is extremely easy! Combine all of these ingredients into your food processer or blender and go to town!
    food processor with pesto ingredients in it next to a bowl of fresh pesto

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