Lunch | Dinner

Old World Italian Pesto

  • 7 Mins

    Prep Time

  • 1 Min

    Cook Time

  • 5


  • 300


  • 32g


  • 3g


  • 4g




  • ½ Cup Walnuts
  • 2 Cups Fresh Basil
  • 2 Cloves Garlic (garlic powder can be substituted)
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • ¼ Tsp Salt
  • ¼ Cup Parmesan Cheese, grated
  • ½ Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • NNuts:

    Sunflower Seeds

  • DDairy:

    Vegan Cheese

    (Parmesan cheese has trace amounts of lactose, but omit cheese if bothersome)


  • 1.

    Wash Hands Wash hands with soap and water.

  • 2.

    Blend Ingredients In a blender or food processor, add all the ingredients except the extra virgin olive oil.

  • 3.

    Add Oil Blend mixture on a low setting, adding the extra virgin olive oil in a slow stream. Scrape sides of container using a rubber scraper.

  • 4.

    Blend Thoroughly Process until mixture is smooth and no lumps are visible.

  • 5.

    Wash Hands Wash hands with soap and water.

Recipe Created by Meijer Registered Dietitians

Nourishment Notes


Walnuts are one of the few plant-based sources of omega-3 fatty acids. These types of fats are important for heart and brain health, as well as reducing inflammation within the body.

Olive Oil

Olive oil contains monounsaturated fats. This type of fat may help to reduce inflammation associated with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

Remission Remix

  • Make a Large Batch and Freeze

    Make a large batch of pesto and portion into ice cube trays. Freeze, then place frozen pesto cubes in a freezer-safe bag. When energy levels are low, grab one to add to soups or pasta.

You may also like

There's plenty more delicious recipes to try!

Connect with a Dietitian