Cashew Pesto

close up of Cashew Pesto in a white bowl with cashews, lemon and a spoon

This Cashew Pesto is extra creamy and made with only 6 easy ingredients: cashews, fresh basil, olive oil, parmesan cheese garlic and lemon! So easy and vibrant – perfect for topping any dish!

Y’all this Cashew Pesto is my new favorite thing. Is it socially acceptable to put a sauce on literally everything I eat? Bread, pasta, by the spoonful…all of the above, yes.

golden spoon in the bowl of Cashew Pesto

I feel like growing up I never ever had pesto. Not even the jarred stuff. So when I eventually made it on my own, the freshness really just took over my life and lately, I will almost always pick pesto over red sauce!

I also love how deliciously bright this Cashew Pesto is. It’s made with fresh basil – which was so hard to find fresh at the grocery store that I ended up buying a literal basil plant. Prayer circle that I can actually keep said basil plant alive. I’ll keep you updated.

Cashew Pesto ingredients on marble board

In addition to the delicious fresh basil, you have the salted cashews which make it inexplicably creamy. The savory olive oil which gives it the fat that it needs to make it just extra delicious. The parmesan cheese, I mean, do I even need to explain why parmesan cheese makes something better? Ugh! I love parm so much. It’s so deliciously salty. Note: Please don’t use the green bottle of parmesan cheese that you buy in the store. Either get the pre-grated in bags (I love Aldi’s brand!) or you can get a big hunk of parm yourself and shred it! I promise you will thank me later. Leave the delicious green bottled cakey parmesan cheese for topping pizza, am I right?

Cashew Pesto in food processor

The last two ingredients that I think just absolutely takes this Cashew Pesto to the next level are: garlic and lemon! You know me, I don’t think I could ever have a savory recipe without including garlic and this Cashew Pesto is no exception. The garlic flavor is nuanced throughout and it’s so tasty – especially paired with the acidity of the lemon juice! This Cashew Pesto really needs a squeeze of a lemon to balance alll of those ingredients out.

Once you have all the ingredients, the rest is a dream. Throw them into your food processor (or a high powered blender) and pulse until smooth and extra creamy. Like this:

Cashew Pesto finished product in food processor

Spread it on whatever you’d like: pasta, pizza, veggies, toasted bread, antipasto board…the world is your oyster! Or hey, you could even jar some up, tie some ribbon around it and give it to someone as an easy Christmas present!

side view of Cashew Pesto with spare cashews laying

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Cashew Pesto

This Cashew Pesto is made with only 6 easy ingredients: cashews, fresh basil, olive oil, parmesan cheese garlic and lemon! So easy and vibrant - perfect for topping any dish!

Course sauce
Cuisine Italian
Keyword cashew pesto, easy cashew pesto, easy pesto, garlic pesto
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 cup
Author Haylie


  • 1/2 cup salted cashews
  • 1 cup fresh basil, packed
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • juice of 1/2 of a lemon
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Prepare your ingredients. Mince your garlic. Slice your lemon in half. Add your basil, cashews, olive oil, garlic, the juice of half a lemon to a food processor or a high powered blender. 

  2. Pulse until blended and creamy. Add salt and pepper to taste if needed. 

  3. Add to pasta, pizza, bread, etc. Enjoy! 

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