Pesto di Pistacchio (Pistachio Pesto)

  • Serves

    makes 1 1/4 Cups


The rich flavor of pistachio is balanced with lemon zest in this bright-tasting sauce. Pistachio pesto is rather sweet, making it great with roasted vegetables.This recipe first appeared in SAVEUR Issue #140 along with Laura Schenone's story Glorious Pesto.


  • 1½ cups packed basil
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup dry-roasted pistachios
  • ½ cups packed cilantro
  • ¼ cups finely grated parmesan
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


Step 1

Process basil, oil, pistachios, cilantro, parmesan, zest, and garlic in a food processor until finely chopped; season with salt and pepper.

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