This Pistachio Pesto is super easy to make and on the table in under 5 minutes. Even the pickiest kids will crave this served on pasta, bread, mixed with dipping sauce, as pizza sauce, sandwich spread, or combined with your favorite salad dressing for more flavor. The options are countless, but one is always the same: it is your to go pesto recipe for quick dinner recipes. No one would ever believe it is vegan pesto. It tastes so much like the real deal, no matter what diet direction one follows, this such an amazing keeper for all easy family meals.
This Pistachio Pesto is no exception. It is a keeper, packed with fantastic flavors, versatile, not only delicious on pasta, also as dipping sauce and much more.
It is here to deliver. Once you’ve tried it, you can’t resist.
What’s in this creamy Pistachio Pesto sauce:
First of all you will need a blender or food processor.
Besides that, you need 5 simple ingredients. As always I won’t count salt and pepper in the list:
- olive oil
- vegan parmesan
How to make this Pistachio Pesto
As I promise this pistachio pesto is ready in under 5 minutes, so we keep it really simple and go right into it:
Simply combine pistachios, chopped garlic, vegan Parmesan, olive oil, and basil in the bowl of a food processor. Season with salt and pepper and run your food processor until everything is combined and blended smoothly.
This will take around 1 up to 2 minutes depending how strong your food processor is. Alternatively you can use a high speed blender with which will take 1 minute.
Note: the times are only broad estimates. Depending on your food processor or blender it can take less or more time.
You may have to consider adding a splash of water or a dash more oil for consistency and texture, if the pesto is too thick.
Please add more water or oil only at the end of making your basil pesto. Only that way you can be sure the texture is right for you. Give a pulse or short blend at the end.
This Pistachio Pesto makes such an amazing meal prep, dinner, lunch and working lunch.
I could imagine it is also a keeper for your bento lunch box, kids bento box, and of course date night dinner.
You can be sure everything whatever it is, a dollop of this pistachio pesto makes everything better for real.
What is pesto sauce used for and tips:
No basil on hand? How about basil olive oil instead. I haven’t tried that but I would imagine it might work well.
Craving other fresh herbs for this pistachio pesto recipe? Try swapping basil for parsley, cilantro, or even mint.
Other nuts for this pesto? No problem just replace pistachios with cashews to make a cashew pesto, or walnuts for a walnut pesto.
Nut free pesto: Not fan of nuts? You can use sun dried tomatoes, tofu or just leave the pistachios out.
Oil free pesto: you can replace the oil with vegetable broth and you can add 1/2 to 1 avocado, like I did in my Avocado Pesto Pasta Sauce.
I can’t wait to see all your remakes and what are up to make with this, guys.
- 1/2 cup pistachios
- 1 cup basil
- 5 cloves garlic
- 1 cup olive oil
- 3/4 cup Vegan Parmesan Cheese (3 ingredients, 1 min), prepared
- Simply combine pistachios, chopped garlic, vegan Parmesan, olive oil, and basil in the bowl of a food processor. Season with salt and pepper and run your food processor until everything is combined and blended smoothly.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1/4 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 299Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 4.6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0.8mgCarbohydrates: 6.4gFiber: 1.3gSugar: 1gProtein: 3.1g