The BEST Pistachio Basil Pesto Recipes

The Best Pistachio Basil Pesto Recipes

These are the best pistachio basil pesto recipes! They are just 30 calories, and come with one vegan pesto pistachio pasta sauce recipe.

This easy garlic pistachios recipe takes only 5 minutes to make, and unlike the more common pine nut version. This pesto pistacchio has a burst of flavor thanks to the addition of lemon.

The Best Pistachio Basil Pesto Recipes

Adding the lemon zest adds a boost of zero calorie flavor. And the lemon juice means this basil parmesan pesto won’t need as much oil… Saving 100’s of calories and lots of fat!

To keep this pistachio basil pesto healthy we use all natural ingredients and just 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil for the entire (10 serving) recipe!

These are the best pistachio basil pesto recipes! They are just 30 calories and can be made in 5 minutes!

The Best Pistachio Basil Pesto Recipes

This article will supply you with everything you’ll need to make the best pistachio basil pesto sauce recipe.

From a shopping list, to a printable recipe card. You’ll even find low calorie tips for making the best basil pasta pesto recipes, and a nutrition label.

The Best Pistachio Basil Pesto Recipes

Pistachio Pesto… also know as Pesto De Pistacchio, and Pesto Pistacchi is easy and delicious. You’ll love this lemony basil paste recipe on pasta, sandwiches, pizza… just about anything!

What You’ll Find in this Article:

  • Ingredients in Pistachio Pesto Recipe (shopping list!)
  • How to Make Pistachio Basil Pesto Sauce
  • The Best Pistachio Basil Pesto Recipes (recipe card!)
  • Nutrition and Calories in Pistachio Pesto Sauce

Helpful Tip for Shopping: Take a screenshot of the shopping list to your phone. This way you have it at your fingertips the next time you go grocery shopping.

Recipe Card Uses: You can email yourself this recipe card so you can easily search for it (I have a folder in email just for recipes!) Or print it so you have it handy, and can make notes. You can even pin this pistacchio pesto pasta sauce to Pintrest so it is safely stored for you.

Up next, a shopping list for pesto recipe pistachio sauce…

Ingredients in Pistachio Pesto Recipe

The best pistachios for this basil pistachio pasta are shelled, unsalted, dry roasted pistachios.

Thanks to our low calorie cooking tips, you can enjoy this basil pistachio pesto recipe for just 30 calories!

Low Calorie Tips for Making Pistachio Basil Garlic Pesto:

  • Limit the oil… you only need a tiny bit of oil (1/2 tablespoon) to get the flavor right in this pesto de pistacchio recipe. So don’t overdo the oil, limit it, and lean on the lemon juice to thin the recipe.
  • Lemon zest… adds a ton of flavor for zero calories! And it makes this traditional pistachio pesto recipe so flavorful.
  • Nutritional yeast… tastes just like parmesan cheese, but it’s vegan! Choose the real stuff, or the vegan substitute. They are both great in this pesto recipe with pistachios.
The Best Pistachio Basil Pesto Recipes

This traditional pesto de pisticchio calls for lemon juice and zest, unlike the more common pine nut based pesto recipes.

I know it sounds unusual, but I assure you… once you try it, you’ll never go back!

Ingredients for Basil Pistachio Pesto Recipe:

  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Dry roasted pistachios
  • Garlic
  • Olive oil
  • Lemon
  • Freshly shredded parmesan cheese (or Nutritional Yeast for Vegan Pesto)

Special Tip: You can find all the measurements in the recipe card below. There you can choose how many servings of pistachio basil and garlic pesto you want to make, and it will do all the measurement math for you! All of the ingredients for this low calorie American basil pesto with pistachios can be doubled or tripled with the click of a button.

Up next, how to make the best basil pesto recipe with pistachios…

How to Make Pistachio Basil Pesto Sauce

You can make this pesto de pistacchio recipe in a blender or a food processor. I love these little food processors… some of them are under $20!

The Best Food Processors for Pesto De Pistacchio:

The Best Pistachio Basil Pesto Recipes

How to Make Basil Pistachio Pesto:

  1. Zest 1/2 of the lemon into a small bowl. Then juice 1/2 the lemon into the same bowl, reserving the other half for later. 
  2. Add the basil, pistachios, garlic olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, and parmesan to a food processor or blender.
  3. Blend until you reach desired consistency adding 1 teaspoon of lemon juice at a time to thin if needed.

Special Tip: You can find these directions, along with measurements, nutrition and more in the sharable recipe card in the next section!

Up next, a sharable recipe card for the best pistachio pesto pasta sauce…

The Best Pistachio Basil Pesto Recipes

This healthy pistachio pesto recipe is just 30 calories and can be made in just 5 minutes!

With two ways to make it (vegan and not) these are the best pistachio basil pesto recipes for everyone! Best of all, they are low in calories and fat, and packed full of flavor!

Healthy Pistachio Pesto Recipe (30 Calories)

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This low calorie basil pistachio pesto recipe tastes just like the full fat version!
We cut 100's of calories with a few modifications, and without any weird ingredients… just basil, garlic, lemon, pistachios, parmesan, and a tiny bit of olive oil.
This pistachio basil (also known as Pesto De Pistacchio) is wonderful with pasta, on pizza, over chicken, as a sandwich spread… just about everything!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 10 servings
Calories 30 kcal

Equipment

  • food processor or blender

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup dry roasted pistachios
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon freshly shredded parmesan cheese (or Nutritional Yeast for Vegan Pesto)

Instructions
 

  • Zest 1/2 of the lemon into a small bowl. Then juice 1/2 the lemon into the same bowl, reserving the other half for later.
  • Add the basil, pistachios, garlic olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, and parmesan to a food processor or blender.
  • Blend until you reach desired consistency adding 1 teaspoon of lemon juice at a time to thin if needed.

Nutrition

Serving: 1tablespoonCalories: 30kcalCarbohydrates: 1.3gProtein: 1.3gFat: 2.5gSaturated Fat: 0.5gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 26mgPotassium: 45mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 0.3gCalcium: 21mgIron: 0mg
Keyword Main Course, sauce
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Nutrition and Calories in Pistachio Pesto Sauce

Thanks to our low calorie tips (above in the Ingredients section) we were able to cut 100’s of calories and lots of fat!

In the next sections you’ll find delicious (low calorie) ways to serve this pistachio pesto sauce… so keep scrolling!

The Best Pistachio Basil Pesto Recipes

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