An Easy Parsley Pesto Sauce Recipe

by Pamela

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You do know that pesto sauce is made from more/different ingredients than just basil and pine nuts, right? I think, at this point, people have made pesto out of just about any leafy plant they could get their hands on and even some vegetables. I’ve seen tomato pesto in the store, have you? Well, this parsley pesto sauce recipe is still a bit on the traditional side (parsley pesto is fairly common) but I think it doesn’t get the same respect as basil…and it should.

Why make parsley pesto sauce when basil pesto is easy to do too and it’s delicious? For starters, how about mixing things up a little bit? Parsley is just as easy to buzz up as basil too and when you’re looking for an easy pasta recipe, it doesn’t get much easier than tossing in a blob of pesto (that you already have a jar of in your fridge) and stirring it around. Also, parsley is WAAAAYYYY less expensive than basil. I can usually get flat leaf parsley for 50 cents per bunch. Two bunches of parsley and I’ve got what I need for a dollar. You can’t say the same thing for basil prices.

An easy and delicous parsley pesto sauce

To really change things up I tossed out the pine nuts and didn’t use my usual walnuts, I used a nut that plays really well with parsley and doesn’t get used nearly enough (in my opinion) – pisatchios. The pistachios give this pesto a smooth rich flavor that tastes fantastic on pasta, chicken or even on crostini. It’s one of those flavors that you recognize, but sometimes just can’t quite put your finger on it.

This parsley pesto sauce blends up really smooth, so it’s easy to mix into your favorite pasta dish. This recipe makes about a cup of pesto sauce, so you can put in in a jar and keep it handy so you can whip up a quick dinner for the family or snack for company. Parsley doesn’t seem to brown as quickly as basil does, so it holds on to the bright green color. But as you use some out of your jar, make sure to pour enough olive oil in to keep the surface of the pesto covered.

Keep a jar of this parsley pesto sauce for all those easy pasta recipes you want to make

So say goodbye to boring parsley and make up a batch of this delicious parsley pesto sauce. Your taste buds will thank you for the change.

An Easy Parsley Pesto Sauce Recipe
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Pesto sauce isn't only made with basil. This easy parsley pesto is inexpensive and just as delicious. Make and easy pasta recipe for dinner tonight.
Recipe type: Sauce
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 1
  • 3 Cups Flat leaf Parsley
  • ½ Cup Roasted and Salted Pistachios (shelled)
  • Zest of 1 Lemon
  • ¼ Cup Parmesan Cheese
  • ½ Cup Olive Oil
  • Salt to Taste
  1. Add the first 4 ingredients to the bowl of a food processor and begin to puree.
  2. Slowly drizzle the olive oil into the mixture.
  3. You should have a parsley mixture that is thick, but still fluid.
  4. Taste it and add salt to your liking.
  5. Spoon the pesto sauce into a wide mouth jar. If it doesn't go all the way to the top, add enough olive oil to cover the surface of the pesto.
  6. Serve or put into the refrigerator for later use.
If you like a little heat, you could add red pepper flakes to your pesto.



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JustAli September 12, 2014 at 8:15 am

Pistachios! What a great idea! Thanks. 🙂

Pamela September 13, 2014 at 4:47 am

Thanks Ali! Sometimes you just need some new flavors. 🙂

Tiffany Arp-Daleo September 5, 2014 at 7:40 am

I love it! I also like to experiment with pesto, so many options….. I want to try this, love pistachios!

Pamela September 5, 2014 at 7:59 am

Thanks Tiffany! If you like to experiment with pesto, definitely try it with the pistachios…I think you’ll really like it.

Maureen | Orgasmic Chef September 4, 2014 at 12:55 am

Given a choice, I like parsley pesto better than basil. Sometimes basil can be bitter if the leaves are a bit old or they’ve suffered a lack of water. This looks like it should live in MY fridge please.

Pamela September 4, 2014 at 5:10 am

Hi Maureen, I just get bored with basil pesto. I love to make pesto out of all kinds of herbs…sometimes I throw a bunch of different ones all together. I just love the new flavor you get.

John@Kitchen Riffs September 3, 2014 at 8:27 am

I’ve never made parsley pesto! I’ve eaten it and like it, but just never have gotten it together enough to make my own. This looks terrific — thanks for the inspiration!

Pamela September 4, 2014 at 5:09 am

Hi John, Now you need to make it. It’ll change the flavors of some of your usual pesto recipes…in a good way.

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