Basil Walnut Spread

Basil Walnut Spread on Toast Rounds
Photo: Diana Rattray
  • 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 2 Cups (16 servings)
Ratings (10)

Cream cheese, Parmesan, fresh basil leaves, and walnuts give this spread a pesto-like flavor and great texture. Serve with assorted crackers or toasted baguette slices.

The spread takes just minutes to make. Keep it covered in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

You could use pecans or toasted pecans in this recipe as well.

What You'll Need

  • 6 leaves basil 
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 (8-oz.) pkg. cream cheese (​softened)
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • dash of freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • Optional: 4 leaves basil (for garnish)

How to Make It

  1. In ​a food processor, combine the basil and garlic. Process until finely chopped. Add cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, walnuts, olive oil, and a few turns of ground black pepper. Process until smooth.
  2. Transfer spread mixture to a serving dish and garnish with fresh basil leaves.
  3. Serve with assorted crackers or baguette rounds.
  4. Makes about 2 cups of spread.

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Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 196
Total Fat 18 g
Saturated Fat 5 g
Unsaturated Fat 7 g
Cholesterol 19 mg
Sodium 145 mg
Carbohydrates 5 g
Dietary Fiber 1 g
Protein 5 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)