Cashew Pesto Recipe for Pasta and More!

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Emily @ 8fit
Written by
Emily @ 8fit
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What’s better than fresh pesto on top of pasta, stirred into your zucchini noodles, or drizzled over a gooey egg? Not much. In addition to tasting great, having a jar of pesto in your fridge is a life-saver when you’re having a whirlwind day, are short on time, or when you simply lack creativity.

But, this pesto isn’t your grandma’s age-old recipe. Instead of classic pine nuts, we use cashews. The cashews subbed into this cashew pesto recipe lend this sauce a nutty flavor, creamy texture and is teeming with protein — plus potassium too.

We love food facts here at 8fit, so here is some more trivia about our wholesome cashew pesto:

  • Cashews: Rich in copper which helps to prevent premature aging and increases energy production (try our Sun-dried Tomato Cashew Dip, too)

  • Basil: Contains lots of disease-fighting antioxidants

  • Garlic: Great for digestion and heart health

  • Parmesan: Packed with protein and calcium — the latter being essential for bone health

Are you ready? Now it’s time for that 8fit recipe, we’ve been building up to!

Cashew pesto recipe with parmesan

10 min100 kcal


  • ¼ cup fresh basil (chopped)
  • 12 cashews
  • 2 Tbsp grated parmesan
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil


  1. Peel the garlic and chop it.
  2. Wash the basil and chop it roughly.
  3. Add all the ingredients (garlic, basil, parmesan, cashews and olive oil) to a food processor or blender and process until the pesto becomes smooth.

Not into the cheese found in this cashew pesto recipe? Give our vegan pesto a try! Download the 8fit app today for hundreds of healthy recipes that could all use a little dollop of fresh pesto.

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