Tomato-Walnut Pesto on Linguine Recipe
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Tomato-Walnut Pesto on Linguine Recipe

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Our Test Kitchen uses sun-dried tomatoes to make this tangy alternative to traditional pesto. Walnuts lend an appealing nutty flavor to this stand-out dish.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:8 servings
Healthy Quick Test Kitchen Approved
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes (not packed in oil)
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 12 ounces uncooked linguine
  • 2 cups loosely packed basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • 1/3 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup equals 244 calories, 9 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 2 mg cholesterol, 212 mg sodium, 33 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 7 g protein.


  1. Place the tomatoes in a small bowl; add boiling water. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, cook linguine according to package directions.
  2. Place the basil, Parmesan cheese and garlic in a food processor; cover and pulse until chopped. Add the tomatoes with liquid, broth, walnuts, salt and pepper; cover and process until blended. While processing, gradually add oil in a steady stream.
  3. Drain linguine; toss with pesto. Serve immediately. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Tomato-Walnut Pesto on Linguine in Healthy Cooking April/May 2008, p50

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Reviewed Aug. 29, 2012

"OH MY!!! I cannot wait to try this!!

My Basil told me to try something different, and this is it!! (lol)
Sorry, but I'm going to dump the walnuts and go for some other nut or totally without...
Because - "Sometimes you feel like a nut,
Sometimes you don't!"
"Never Fry Bacon in the Nude""

Reviewed Aug. 5, 2010

"Different and tasty. We liked the color and walnuts added great flavor. The chicken broth is a super low calorie replacement for straight olive oil. This recipe is a keeper!"

Reviewed Jun. 14, 2010

"I have made this several times after finding the recipe on-line last year while looking for a way to use my homegrown basil. Everyone in the family loves it, even the young grandchildren."

Reviewed Oct. 10, 2008

"Fantastic! This is a really outstanding dish."

Reviewed Aug. 15, 2008

"We thought that this was a good recipe, yet very different with the tomato base to the pesto. Our 9 year old even wanted more."

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