Pistachio Pesto - A Twist On The Traditional Pesto Recipe. You'll Be Hooked! (2024)

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Give your food a healthy kick with a dab of this homemade pesto. It's even vegan friendly!

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Before an Italian nonna hounds me with the intention of clobbering me with the handle of her pasta roller, I'd freely admit this isn't an authentic pesto recipe. The latter would contain pine nuts instead of pistachios and if you check out the recipe below, you'll notice that parmesan cheese is missing. Vegans use nutritional yeast instead of cheese. It still tastes fabulous though!

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Preparing pesto is a doddle. Simply place all the ingredients in a food processor or Froothie and give it a blitz to your desired consistency. If you'd like the mixture to me sloppier, add more oil. Tweak the recipe to suit your taste.

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Apparently, there is a difference in taste depending on which method you use. The traditional way is with pestle and mortar and if you have the time give it a go. For those of us who are rushed off our feet on a daily basis, modern day machinery will just have to do.

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Embarrassingly, I've let fresh herbs go to waste more than I can count. It's a shame because it needn't be the case. It takes five minutes to make a batch of pesto and do you want to know a little secret? You can freeze the stuff. In this case I froze little portions in an ice tray and afterwards put them in a resealable bag in the freezer, which proves to be especially handy when I just need one or two portions.

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The beauty of freezing ingredients is that the subzero temperature locks in the freshness. So when the time comes to thaw, the produce will be in just as good condition as before it was frozen. This is what Dr. Oetker Ristorante conveyed mid-March 2015 when it constructed a pizzeria comprising 34 huge blocks of ice, using 3,400 litres of water outside Liverpool Street station in London. In their own words, "freezing pauses fine ingredients at the peak of perfection and suspends them there until the moment you're ready to enjoy them".

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So you made a big batch of pesto. Don't know what to do?

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21 Ways to Use Pesto

  1. Mix it with pasta.
  2. Mix it in with rice.
  3. Spread it on meat.
  4. Make a dip, by stirring it into mayonnaise or yogurt.
  5. Use it in a sandwich.
  6. Instead of using a tomato base on your pizza, use pesto.
  7. Garnish your soup.
  8. The secret ingredient of a salad dressing.
  9. Top your omelette or scrambled eggs with pesto.
  10. Bake it in your bread.
  11. Toss cooked vegetables in it.
  12. Make great little canapés like I did: Slices of bread slathered with cream cheese and topped with pesto. Alternative: Smear baguette slices with pesto and top with mozzarella slices.
  13. Potato mash with a twist.
  14. Use it as a marinade.
  15. Use it in a stew, it goes spectacularly well with chicken.
  16. If you have stale bread lying around, blend it with pesto to make breadcrumbs and top fish with it.
  17. Stir it into couscous.
  18. Add it to your meatball or burger patty mixture.
  19. Mix it with butter.
  20. Spoon it onto corn on the cob.
  21. Instead of butter use pesto to enjoy with baked sweet potatoes.
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Did I miss anything? What is your favourite way to use pesto?

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Pistachio Pesto - A Twist On The Traditional Pesto Recipe. You'll Be Hooked! (9)

Basil & Pistachio Pesto

★★★★★4.9 from 8 reviews
  • Author: Michelle Minnaar
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
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Description

Can you make pesto with pistachios? Yes! Check out this UK-based pistachio pesto with basil recipe that is vegan and utterly delicious. You won't regret it!

Ingredients

UnitsScale

  • 250ml (1 cup) shelled pistachios, natural and unsalted
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 60g (2oz) basil, washed
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 125ml (¼ cup) olive oil
  • season to taste

Instructions

  1. Place all the ingredients in a food processor and blend until desired consistency.
  2. Place in fridge or freeze in portions.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Blending
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: pistachio pesto, uk pesto recipe, basil and pistachio pesto recipe

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  1. Donna

    I see the kcal count as 168...is this for the whole recipe...or just a serving of the 8 servings? What measurement for a serving would it be? Thank you for any insight...This looks 'beyond' yum...This 'greedy gourmet' in Lyon, France really appreciates your creativity...love that it is dairy-free as well! Bravo!

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  2. Elizabeth

    Delicious flavor! Our pesto came out pretty thick though.

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  3. RoyS

    I love your pesto recipe here ~
    However 60 g. of basil is not 30 oz. ~ It's closer to 2 ounces ~

    <3

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    • michelle

      Thanks so much for pointing out my typo, Roy. All fixed!

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  4. Renil M. George

    i love italian food,

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    • michelle

      Me too 🙂

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  5. Abi

    Very delicious recipe and very simple to make

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  6. Natalie Crossan

    with pasta 🙂

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  7. Claire Davies

    I use it when I make quiches and pizzas - pesto is so versatile I always have a jar in the cupboard or fridge!

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  8. frances hopkins

    On pasta x

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  9. mad sad

    me too I love pesto on baked cheese bread

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  10. Kim M

    Love it to perk up a pizza

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  11. laura banks

    my hubby makes something involving scallops but not sure what he does

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  12. Holly E

    I love pesto on baked cheese bread.

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  13. kellyjo walters

    on pasta

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  14. kellyjo walters

    on pasta

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  15. Suzanne Jackson

    Haven't been too adventurous with pesto, sadly. Usually just have it in tagliatelle with tuna and mayo or as a pizza base. 🙂

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  16. Jen

    I love pesto, I'm also bad at letting herbs go to waste, need to get in the habit of whizzing up and freezing as pesto as it's so versatile.

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  17. Jen

    I love pesto, I'm also bad at letting herbs go to waste, need to get in the habit of whizzing up and freezing as pesto as it's so versatile.

    Reply

  18. Sarah (@tamingtwins)

    I didn't know you could freeze pesto! Every day's a school day. Beautiful photos, I must try pesto in my Froothie soon.

    Reply

  19. Tracy Nixon

    I love it with chicken, pine nuts and pasta!

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  20. Tracy Nixon

    I love it with chicken, pine nuts and pasta!

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  21. Kate @ Veggie Desserts

    I LOVE the sound of pistachio pesto - despite Nonna's traditions! And that is a great list of ideas for pesto.

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  22. Tracey Peach

    On Fresh Crusty Bread xxx

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  23. Jo of Jo's Nursery

    Lots of lovely ideas for Pesto here. Great photos too. I must try it!

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  24. Helen @ Fuss Free Flavours

    I made a very similar pistachio pesto last year. Love the addition of lime in yours, and I think I'd be tempted to put the nutritional yeast in!

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  25. Heather Haigh

    I love pesto as a pizza topping.

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  26. Kirsty Fox

    I use pesto when I make a pizza.

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  27. Kirsty Fox

    I use pesto when I make a pizza.

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  28. nazima

    ahh I love pesto. Though have to admit don't make it as often as I should mainly because I always overlook the idea of freezing it - which I will do. I made some wild garlic pesto last year that I'd really like to repeat. Nice tips on what to do with pesto. SO versatile!

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  29. nazima

    ahh I love pesto. Though have to admit don't make it as often as I should mainly because I always overlook the idea of freezing it - which I will do. I made some wild garlic pesto last year that I'd really like to repeat. Nice tips on what to do with pesto. SO versatile!

    Reply

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