Pesto Sauce is typically made using pine nuts and basil, but I recently decided to make pistachio pesto sauce since I happened to have the shelled nuts available in my cupboard. It turned out to be one of the best pesto sauces we’ve had!


  • 7 ingredients or less
  • Ingredients can be substituted
  • Delicious basil flavor
  • Fresh tasting and cheesy


During the summer, my pots and garden beds are bursting with different basil varieties. One of my favorites is Genovese basil, which has the sweetest aroma and taste. It is the basil you see on Neapolitan and Margherita pizzas. It is also the basil you taste in many pesto sauces.

Using fresh homegrown or potted basil is more economical than buying it from the grocery store. Not only will you get continuous basil growth during warm seasons, but your pesto sauce will also last longer.

You can typically find bulk packages of basil, however, at Trader Joe’s or Kroger.


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Pistachio pesto sauce


Food processor or blender


Pistachio Pesto Sauce

Course Side Dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 12 ounces


  • 1 cup (30z/75g) fresh basil leaves, washed and firmly packed
  • 3/4 cup (115g) grated parmesan
  • 1/4 cup (45g) shelled pistachios
  • 1/2 cup (115g) extra virgin olive oil
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • salt to taste


  1. Place the basil, parmesan, pistachios, and garlic into a food processor and blend until smooth. While the processor is running on low, stream in the olive oil until fully combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Keep refrigerated for up to 7 days.

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  1. Pistachio is a wonderful flavor for pesto.

    1. Thank you! Isn’t it? It’s a great substitute for pine nuts too!

  2. Pistachio pesto is a favorite at our house, but I’m almost embarassed to say that I buy mine from the store. Just one of the ‘perks’ about living in Italy I guess. There is another pesto I like that recently showed up on supermarket shelves – green tomato pesto. The tartness is mitigated by the cashews and either parmigiano or grana cheese. Olive oil, salt, and I think that’s it. Real simple, but very unique in taste.

    1. I’m jealous you get to eat the real deal! That green pesto sounds so delicious! I might have to invent my own version of it if I can’t find it in the States. Thank you for that!

  3. Yes please do! You have a creative flair that I can appreciate. I liked your post with the Japanese print fabric as well, and would get back to sewing again if I had more time.

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