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Pistachio Pesto

If you need to elevate a rather boring dish, put some pistachio pesto on it and you will instantly elevate a dish! It's versatile enough to use on various meats, pastas, and more!

We should really just call this pistachio pesto the magic green sauce because it literally elevates everything you put on it.

I made a similar version to this last year, pistachio mint pesto, and while I do love that one, not everyone loves mint.

This pistachio pesto has a bit of heat incorporated with it and it’s just so luxe.

Luxe like something you would find in a fancy restaurant slathered over a giant piece of steak or a little ramekin that is included in your dinner with crusty bread.

looooove pesto so much. It’s just one of those sauces that you can literally put on anything and it’ll instantly make that dish, vegetable, whatever, that much better.

Like I said, MAGIC SAUCE.

If you need to elevate a rather boring dish, put some pistachio pesto on it and you will instantly elevate a dish! It's versatile enough to use on various meats, pastas, and more!

What does pistachio pesto taste like?

It’s kind of sweet but not like a dessert sweet. It’s like a subtle sweet it also just has a nutty aroma.

The predominant flavor is obviously pistachio but you can definitely taste the basil and lemon, as well.

If I don’t have a food processor, can I make this in the blender?

Yes, you can!

If you need to elevate a rather boring dish, put some pistachio pesto on it and you will instantly elevate a dish! It's versatile enough to use on various meats, pastas, and more!

Can I use another oil for this recipe?

You could use avocado oil but that’s about the only other oil I would recommend.

The olive oil will give you more robust and fruity flavor, though so olive oil is definitely my number one choice.

Can I use another nut?

I wouldn’t recommend it.

If you need to elevate a rather boring dish, put some pistachio pesto on it and you will instantly elevate a dish! It's versatile enough to use on various meats, pastas, and more!

Can I mix nuts in this?

You could but I like the pure taste of pistachio pesto unadulterated with any other nut.

How do I use pistachio pesto?

You can use it on so many things!

I’m sharing a recipe later where I tossed this on vegetables but we’ve put it on grilled steak before, as well.

I have also mixed this together with shredded chicken and made a pistachio pesto chicken wrap.

You can use this in pasta! Let the warmth of the freshly cooked pasta help heat up the pistachio pesto and coat the noodle strands. So delicate and delicious.

If you need to elevate a rather boring dish, put some pistachio pesto on it and you will instantly elevate a dish! It's versatile enough to use on various meats, pastas, and more!

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Pistachio Pesto

An extremely versatile sauce that can be used with meats, pastas, and more!
4.2 from 5 votes
Prep Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
Servings: 8
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Ingredients 

  • 2 cups pistachios, shelled (mine were roasted and salted)
  • 1 ½ cups fresh basil leaves
  • cup freshly shredded parmesan cheese
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • cup olive oil, approximate

Instructions

  • In the bowl of a food processor, process pistachios, basil, cheese, lemon, and crushed red pepper flakes until a paste-like consistency.
  • Drizzle olive oil into the feed chute until mixture comes together. You may need more or less olive oil, depending on how you like your pesto.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

NUTRITION FACTS

Serving: 1 Serving | Calories: 348 kcal | Carbohydrates: 10 g | Protein: 7 g | Fat: 33 g | Fiber: 3 g | Sugar: 2 g

This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition information can vary for a variety of reasons. For the most precise nutritional data use your preferred nutrition calculator based on the actual ingredients you used in the recipe.

Course: Sauce
Cuisine: American
Keyword: lemon, olive oil, pesto, pistachio
Recipe Rating




Jefe

Thursday 31st of December 2020

Is the pistachio amount accurate? My “pesto” was a course mess. Wouldn’t spread and was thick and pasty.

Followed a different recipe with 1/2 cup pistachios and 4 cups of basil and it was perfect.

Julie Chiou

Thursday 14th of January 2021

hi, yes, the pistachio amount is correct and yeah, this pesto recipe is more on the coarse thick side.

Michele Haffner

Wednesday 22nd of July 2020

Delicious! I only had 1 cup of pistachios, so subbed in cashews for the other cup. (It still tasted great, but, next time I will purchase another package of pistachios.) Also increased the basil to 2 cups and added a little flat parsley and arugula (about 2 tbsp each). This is a super easy and tasty recipe that everyone loved atop grilled chicken and pasta. Thank you so much.

Christie

Thursday 20th of June 2019

I tweaked the recipe a tiny bit by adding minced garlic and cutting back on the lemon juice, but this is by far the tastiest pesto I've ever made (especially with basil picked fresh from my vegetable garden)! The red pepper flakes are a must as well. This pesto is great in pasta and slathered on garlic toast. I can't stop eating it! I will never use another nut besides pistachio in my pesto ever again!

Julie Wampler

Saturday 22nd of June 2019

Yum! Sounds so good!!

Ines

Tuesday 26th of March 2019

Made this today and had it on a bowl of spaghetti with a little extra cheese over the top and it was delicious!

Julie Wampler

Wednesday 27th of March 2019

Yum!! It's so decadent; I love it!

Dawn

Monday 4th of March 2019

This pesto is amazing! Even in my little food processor, it turned out beautifully! I have tried it on roasted veggies, mixed in asparagus soup, smeared on bread, and just with a spoon! Delicious in every way! So glad I kept my basil plant alive long enough to try this! Thank you for the recipe!

Julie Wampler

Wednesday 6th of March 2019

I do the same as you! I eat it on EVERYTHING! It's addicting, haha