This pistachio pesto is so easy to make and is full of flavor. Fresh basil, garlic cloves, and parmesan cheese combine with salty, nutty pistachios to make a delicious twist on traditional pesto.

Perfectly Nutty Pesto

Pesto made with pistachios offers a tasty twist on the classic Italian sauce. Fresh basil combines perfectly with the rich, nutty flavor of pistachios, the salty tang of parmesan cheese, and the bright citrus of a splash of lemon juice.

This pistachio pesto is delicious in pasta, but also great with grilled meats, roasted veggies, or as a spread with crusty bread.

Check out this video on how to make this super simple pistachio pesto!

How To Make Pistachio Pesto

This recipe is ridiculously easy. The only part that really takes time is pulsing the pistachios until they’re small chunks. But, from start to finish, this recipe takes 10-15 minutes at the most!

Throw everything in a food processor except the oil. Once everything is fully combined, slowly drizzle in the oil until the pesto is your preferred consistency. Pistachios take longer to break down since they are smaller and harder than most other nuts used for pesto. You’ll want to keep checking and scraping down the sides, but it should take around 8-10 minutes of constant running, stopping, scraping etc etc. Add more salt and pepper to taste.

You can also easily swap out the pistachios with walnuts, too!

Pistachio Power

Besides just being delicious, pistachios have tons of health benefits.

  • Rich in nutrients: Pistachios are packed with essential nutrients such as vitamins B6 and E, copper, potassium, and phosphorus.
  • Great for heart health: Pistachios can lower bad LDL cholesterol levels and increase good HDL cholesterol levels.
  • Full of antioxidants: Pistachios are rich in antioxidants, which help combat free radicals, oxidative stress, and inflammation. Eating pistachios regularly may help reduce inflammation markers in the body, benefiting overall health and reducing chronic disease risk.
  • Blood sugar and weight management: Pistachios have a low glycemic index and may help improve blood sugar levels. They’re also full of fiber and protein, helping to make you feel full.
  • Gut health: Pistachios contain fiber that supports digestive health by promoting healthy gut bacteria and regular bowel movements.
  • Skin health: The vitamins and minerals in pistachios contribute to healthy skin by promoting collagen production and protecting against UV damage. Info sited from Healthline – https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/9-benefits-of-pistachios

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Pistachio Pesto

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This pistachio pesto is so easy to make and is full of flavor. Fresh basil, garlic cloves, and parmesan cheese combine with salty, nutty pistachios to make a delicious twist on traditional pesto.

  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x

Ingredients

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  • 2 cups fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup pistachios
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 12 tbsp lemon juice, fresh
  • 1/4 cup avocado/olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt + more to taste
  • fresh ground pepper to taste (optional}

Instructions

  1. Add all the ingredients except the oil to a food processor. Pulse until pistachios are in small chunks and everything is combined.
  2. While the food processor is still running, drizzle oil slowly into your pistachio mix until the pesto is the consistency you want.
  3. Add more salt and paper to taste if needed.

Notes

  1. Pistachios take longer to break down since they are smaller and harder than most other nuts used for pesto. You’ll want to keep checking and scraping down the sides, but it should take around 8-10 minutes of constant running, stopping, scraping etc etc. 
  2. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week or longer (eat sooner than later for tasty freshness)!
  • Author: Jenny Hurley
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Dip, Sauce
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Diet: Vegetarian

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