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Author Notes: Chard and walnuts make a darker, heartier pesto that is fresh, filling, and cheaper to make. We have experimented with quite a few alternative pestos, and this one turned out to be our favorite. —Savory Love
cups green chard leaves, de-stemmed, packed
cup walnuts, roughly chopped and toasted
cup parmesan cheese
cup olive oil
teaspoon red pepper flakes
salt and pepper to taste
- In a food processor, pulse the walnuts, cheese, and chili flakes together until smooth.
- Add the chard leaves and blend.
- Pour the oil in through the top slowly and steady to help emulsify and blend until completely smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste.