Basil-Pistachio Pesto Recipe

basil pistachio pesto recipe
Spread this flavorful pesto on crusty bread as an appetizer, or toss with your favorite pasta to serve as an entrée or side dish.


Total time:  14 S

Servings:  10

Calories:  140


  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3 cups basil leaves lightly packed
  • 1/3 cup shelled and roasted pistachios
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper

Nutritional Information

  • Serving Size: 2 tbsp.
  • Fat: 14g
  • Saturated Fat: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 3mg
  • Sodium: 110mg
  • Carbohydrates: 2g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 0g
  • Protein: 3g


  1. Add oil, garlic, and basil to FourSide jar; push basil down into oil and secure lid.
  2. Press "Pulse" 6–8 times or until basil is roughly chopped.
  3. Add remaining ingredients in order listed and secure lid.
  4. Press "Pulse" 4–6 times or until mixture is a course puree reached.
  5. Store in refrigerator for up to 3 days.


To reduce the calories per serving, substitute some of the olive oil with vegetable broth or chicken broth.


  • M Hsu

    this is an awesome recipe, i’ve made huge batches and kept it in the freezer for months in individually packed mason jars. Defrosts rather quickly and still tastes amazing.

  • KarenL

    I have the Wildside jar… just double the recipe? Also, I’ve heard you can substitute any other nuts (almonds? pecans?) and pretty much any other leafy green (parsley? spinach? kale? swiss chard? mustard or collard greens?) Is that true? Last question… can I leave out the parm and still call it pesto? (allergic to dairy)

  • km

    Replacing the 1/2 c. with cashews and also using another nut?

  • Blendtec

    Hi, Karen! Yes, you can use any kind of greens and nuts. If omitting the cheese, we recommend using cashews or nutritional yeast. It should be okay to make in the WildSide+ jar. You can always increase the ingredients 1.5 or 2 times the recipe, though.

  • Luis Larrea

    The recipe says shelled pistachios, does that mean leave the shells?

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