Pesto doesn't have to be made with parmesan and pine nuts to taste amazing! What is more, Pesto is extremely versatile: fill your toasties with it, make delicious pasta dishes or thin it with a little oil and drizzle over your fish and poultry dishes. Our quick, simple, and extremely flavoursome Basil and Walnut Pesto can be made with your everyday Cheddar!
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 the olive oil.
If Using Food Processor:
Tip all the ingredients, except for olive oil, into a food processor and blitz to desired consistency. Stir in the olive oil
If you are planning to use pesto as a drizzle or a salad dressing, thin it with more extra virgin olive oil.