Pecan Basil Pesto

Pecan Basil Pesto is a twist on traditional pesto that uses pecans instead of pine nuts. It is super versatile and can be used in so many ways!

Pecan Basil Pesto is a twist on traditional pesto that uses pecans instead of pine nuts. It is super versatile and can be used in so many ways!  #pesto #pecans

One of my very favorite things to grow in the Spring is fresh basil. Fresh basil is super simple to grow at home and can be used to add tons of flavor to lots of recipes!

Making pesto might be my very favorite way to use up my garden's basil bounty.

Pecan Basil Pesto is a twist on traditional pesto that uses pecans instead of pine nuts. It is super versatile and can be used in so many ways!  #pesto #pecans

What is pesto? Pesto is a simple combination of fresh basil, parmesan cheese, garlic, and olive oil. It's all blended until it comes together into a gorgeous, bright, fresh sauce that is amazingly delicious!

This recipe requires no cooking time, just a few whirls in your food processor. It's the perfect accompaniment to pasta, meats, and vegetables!

Pecan Basil Pesto is a twist on traditional pesto that uses pecans instead of pine nuts. It is super versatile and can be used in so many ways!  #pesto #pecans

HOW TO MAKE BASIL PESTO SAUCE

Basil Pesto Sauce is made by blending together fresh basil, parmesan cheese, nuts, olive oil, garlic, and salt in a blender or food processor. See below for detailed recipe instructions.

CAN YOU USE PECANS TO MAKE PESTO?

Basil is super versatile when it comes to what nuts you can use. This recipe uses pecans in place of traditional pine nuts. Try using pine nuts, pecans, pistachios, walnuts, or almonds!

Pecan Basil Pesto is a twist on traditional pesto that uses pecans instead of pine nuts. It is super versatile and can be used in so many ways!  #pesto #pecans

WHAT TO EAT BASIL PESTO WITH

Pesto is a versatile sauce that can be used in so many ways!
  • toss with pasta
  • use on pizza instead of tomato sauce
  • use as a sandwich spread
  • use as a condiment for beef, chicken, pork, or seafood
  • use as a mix-in for hummus or other dips
  • use as a dip for bread
  • drizzle over roasted vegetables

Pecan Basil Pesto is a twist on traditional pesto that uses pecans instead of pine nuts. It is super versatile and can be used in so many ways!  #pesto #pecans

HOW TO STORE BASIL PESTO

Pesto can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to one week.

CAN BASIL PESTO BE FROZEN?

Yes, pesto can be frozen! To freeze, spoon into ice cube trays to make cubes, then put cubes into a freezer bag once frozen solid.

Pecan Basil Pesto is a twist on traditional pesto that uses pecans instead of pine nuts. It is super versatile and can be used in so many ways!  #pesto #pecans

RECIPES THAT USE BASIL PESTO

Looking for recipes that feature pesto sauce? Check out some reader favorites from the archives:

Toasted Spinach Pesto Ravioli One Pan Sausage and Creamy Pesto Pasta Sun Dried Tomato & Basil Pesto


Pecan Basil Pesto is a twist on traditional pesto that uses pecans instead of pine nuts. It is super versatile and can be used in so many ways!  #pesto #pecans

If you try this Pecan Basil Pesto recipe, I'd love to know what you think in the comments below! Enjoy!

1 1/4 cups

Pecan Basil Pesto


Pecan Basil Pesto is a twist on traditional pesto that uses pecans instead of pine nuts. Use it on pasta, instead of tomato sauce on pizza, or as a condiment for fish, meat, or vegetables!

  prep time: cook time: total time: 10 MIN 

INGREDIENTS


1/2 cup pecan halves
2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
2 cloves garlic, peeled
1/3 cup parmesan cheese, grated
2/3 cup olive oil
kosher salt


INSTRUCTIONS


1. Heat a small pan over medium-high heat. Add the pecans to the pan and toast, stirring frequently for 3 minutes. Remove to a plate to coo1.

2. In a food processor, finely chop the basil and garlic. Stop to scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula as necessary.

3. Add the parmesan cheese and pecans to the food processor and pulse until everything is chopped into small pieces.

4. With the machine on, slowly add the olive oil until incorporated. Season with salt, taste.


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Pecan Basil Pesto is a twist on traditional pesto that uses pecans instead of pine nuts. It is super versatile and can be used in so many ways!  #pesto #pecans

1 comment

  1. I have just realized, that I never tried pesto in my life. Maybe, because, it is not popular in my country. Anyway, I will try to cook it at home.

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