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Rustic Home-Made Basil and Walnut Pesto with Mature Cheddar

My absolute favourite - Basil and Walnut Pesto with Mature Cheddar! Quick and easy to make, it packs lots more flavour than a shop-bought pesto!
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Course Sauce
Cuisine Italian
Servings 3 servings


  • Pestle and Mortar or Food Processor


  • 30 g fresh basil leaves only
  • 30 g walnuts untoasted
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • zest of half a lemon
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • 60 g mature cheddar finely grated
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil


If Using Pestle & Mortar:

  • Chop your basil, lemon zest, walnuts and garlic as finely as you can. Tip them into a pestle and mortar, add salt and pepper and lemon juice. Crush everything together until desired consistency is reached. Then mix in your finely grated Cheddar. Mix in olive oil.

If Using Food Processor:

  • Tip all the ingredients, except for olive oil, into a food processor and blitz to desired consistency. Mix in olive oil
Keyword Basil Pesto, Pesto, Pesto without Parmesan, Pesto without Pinenuts, Walnut Pesto
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