Cashew Pesto Recipe for Pasta and More!

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

Preparation time: 10 min.

Servings: 6

Nutrition: 100kcal.

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

  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.