Pistachio Pesto

If you read weelicious often, you know that I'm crazy for pesto. While it might sound a bit fancy or gourmet, I think it's one of the most kid-friendly foods out there. We use pesto on everything from pasta to chicken to fish or even as a spread on sandwiches. The kids and my husband love it and it's a total lifesaver for me, especially because I can make a batch and keep it in the fridge for up to two weeks.

Packed with protein and vitamins A, C, E, K (and more) from the spinach and pistachios, this is a recipe where you know your family will be getting their recommended daily allowance of a lot of good stuff and enjoying every last bite!

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Pistachio Pesto (Makes 1 Cup - 4 servings)

Prep Time: 0 mins Cook Time: 0 mins

egg free

gluten free

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Spinach, packed
  • 1/4 Cup Pistachio, shelled, unsalted & toasted
  • 1/4 Cup Parmesan, grated
  • 1/2 Tsp kosher salt
  • 1 Garlic Clove
  • 1/3 Cup olive oil
  • 1 lb Pasta, cooked

Preparation

1. Place all the ingredients (except for the pasta) in a food processor and puree until smooth.
2. Mix with pasta and serve.
* Pesto can be placed in containers (or even ice cube trays) and frozen for up to 3 months.
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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. My passion is creating simple, healthy recipes that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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36 comments

  • Brenda

    We planted a 4' x 4' plot of spinach this year. Can't wait to try this!

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  • Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama}

    I love pesto, too! This looks delicious.

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  • Joanna

    Do you cook the spinach first? My 11 month old daughter loves the pecan-arugula pesto from Jack Bishop's cookbook \"A Year in a Vegetarian Kitchen.\" We use smaller noodles instead of the linguine.

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    • Catherine

      Nope, that's the best part, you don't have to cook the spinach, so it's one less step. Just put all the ingredients in a food processor and whiz it up!

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  • Susie

    Does this recipe use fresh spinach? I'm such a bad cook that I need to ask even the most obvious of questions or I manage to mess up the meal. Thanks!

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    • Catherine

      Yes fresh spinach :)

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  • Kelly

    Where did you get this recipe? It looks exactly like one that was published in the December 2010 issue of Parents. I tried it back then and loved it.

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    • Catherine

      The recipe in the Parents Mag is this pistachio recipe :) We were featured in the magazine :)

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  • Stephanie

    I just made this tonight! I put it on chicken, my husband and I loved it! Tomorrow, DD gets to try it, I'm hoping she loves it too. I love that I already had all of the ingredients in my kitchen.

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  • Jen

    Just wondering if you used salted or unsalted pistachios? Love your website and your recipes. I have been telling all my friends about it.

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    • Catherine

      Unsalted :)

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  • Beth

    I made this pesto last night for dinner and my 16 month old son devoured it. I used walnuts in place of pistachios. I love the color, so appetizing. Thanks!

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  • Janaye

    Made this last night and put it over cheese tortellini..so good! Love the bright green color!

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  • Rita

    I am assuming this would call for the raw/un-roasted variety. Am I right? I just bought a bag of yummy roasted pistachios and am wondering if I can use them for this recipe.

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    • Catherine

      Yes you can :)

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  • Tiffany

    DELICIOUS!!!! I made it with my kid and the process and product were both EXCELLENT. HIGHLY RECOMMEND

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  • Mommy Wisdom

    WOW, this was outstanding and could NOT have been any easier. I went to 4 stores looking for unsalted pistachios and could not find them. I used salted and then cut the salt in half. I also suggest that you make sure to use a pasta that has nooks to catch the small chunks of pesto! My husband loved it and asked where I found the EASY recipe. I told him all the other things we have made from this site and we realized we have loved them ALL. Thank you!

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  • Fabeena

    can i use almonds in this recipe? i dont hav pistachio

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  • Elizabeth

    Just made a batch for dinner tonight. Tasty, but salty. Made the mistake of using salted pistacios. If you only have salted pistacios, I reccommend cutting the amount of salt.

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    • Lorrie

      so bummed...i just did the same thing. not edible like this, but i can't wait to try it again the right way!

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  • Kristen Jay

    I really want to try this. It sounds very good and I am looking for new recipes for my kids. I was just wondering if I have to use fresh Parmesan or can I use the Kraft Parmesan? Thanks!

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  • Liz

    I cannot wait to try this tonight. My daughter lives on pasta so anything that gets her a little more nutrients without a big fight at dinner is a really good thing in this house!

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  • Liz

    We tried this out and while my 3 year old took two bites and said no way, I thought it was very tasty.

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    • ConspiracyGuy

      These look delightful. The pithscaios are perfect. I think I might just make them with normal flour, as nutella really zeros out the need for wholemeal anyway.... Do you think they'd still be the same?

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  • Christine

    My 7, 5, and 2 year olds, as well as my husband and I LOVED it. Nuff said.

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  • Abigail

    do you have to use parm or is there an alternative? my lil' guy is gluten and dairy free and we are just learning the ropes to it all. thanks!

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    • Catherine

      instead of parm you can use nutritional yeast which tastes just like cheese! :)

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  • Jo

    I made this last night, was sooo yummy! We can't do dairy in our house so replaced the Parmesan with sheep's feta... Made it lovely and creamy!

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    • Jo

      Forgot to say with no salt added or on the pistachios.

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  • Shanna

    This is perhaps our favorite pesto recipe now and we are pesto lovers. I have made so many variations from traditional basil to arugula and walnut to now this one. I have made it two weeks in a row. Its excellent with pasta, veggies and shrimp one night and the next night we have grilled mahi mahi or halibut with the pesto smeared on the fish for grilling. Seriously so yummy!! PS. can't wait for your cookbook to come out. I look to your site for ideas for my kiddos ( age 2 1/2 and 8 months)and I think my husband and I end up loving the recipes more than my kiddos do!! Thanks for such an awesome website!

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  • Anna

    I made this for my 2 year old tonight and he loved it. I can always count on your recipes. My little guy eats them up! Thanks!

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  • Erin

    would i be able to add sundried tomato in it? do u use the whole cup for the pasta for half cup? sorry never used pesto before.

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    • Catherine

      Sundried tomato sounds delish! You don't need to use the whole cup, I use about half a cup and freeze or refrigerate the rest.

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  • Esther

    YUM! I'm pregnant but can't seem to get myself to eat enough veggies/nuts... so I thought I'd give your pesto a try (even though I was if-y about the nuts)... BUT WOW! This was DEElicious! =D I didn't have any pistachios at home... so I just subbed it with what nuts we had at home (I made two batches =P), one with walnuts, and one with pine nuts. YUM!
    Thanks for a great recipe! It'll keep my husband, my 18 mth old, me, and the other baby-to-come healthy and happy!

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  • Theresa787

    Catherine, thank you again for another amazing recipe! We made these for our 19-month olds, and you received RAVE reviews from my son. He finished his portion AND his sisters! His sister kept asking for \"yum yums\" (that's what she calls your muffins). Thank you again!

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  • Maria Montoya

    Love every single one of your recipes, such an inspiration! healthy & delicious! Thankyou so much, keep doing what you do, I always look forward to watching your videos :)
    Maria xo

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