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Parsley Pesto Recipe – Fresh And Easy

The easiest parsley pesto made with simple ingredients and ready in only 2 minutes! You can use this pesto in so many ways from pasta, with fish or chicken, in salads, sandwiches or as a dip. It’s the easiest way to add a ton of flavor to your food!

Parsley pesto in a white bowl with a spoon

You probably already know that pesto is one of my favourite things ever. The most common known basil pesto is incredibly delicious (when homemade, I hate the jarred stuff) BUT you also make pesto with parsley!

Yup, you can pretty much make pesto with any herb…fresh coriander (cilantro) is also delicious with many Mexican dishes but the basil and parsley varieties are brilliant with Mediterranean and Italian food.

What’s In Parsley Pesto? Here’s What You’ll Need;

  • Parsley
  • Lemon juice
  • Garlic
  • Parmesan
  • Pine nuts
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

How To Make Parsley Pesto – Step By Step

There are two ways to make pesto. The traditional way to make pesto is using a mortar and pestle, add all the ingredient to the mortar and grind and bash it into a paste. Some Italians in the north of Italy will even argue that is it’s not made in a mortar and pestle then is ain’t pesto (talking about basil pesto).

The other method and the one I use regularly for quickness is using a bowl and immersion (hand held) blender. I just add all the ingredients to a bowl and blend until smooth and thick. Done!

Step by step photos for making parsley pesto

Flat Leaf Parsley Vs Curly Parsley

I’m not really a fan of curly parsley I find it very coarse and I don’t think the flavour is as nice as flat leaf parsley either. Of course you can use either but I recommend using only flat leaf parsley to make this pesto as it’ll result in a smoother consistency.

Top Tips For Making Parsley Pesto

  • Yes, you can freeze pesto. Transfer it into an ice cube tray or store it in small plastic containers and freeze for up to 6 months.
  • Don’t toast the pine nuts, I’ve seen many recipes recommend this but you get a nice creamy taste from un-toasted pine nuts.
  • You can use parmigiano reggiano cheese or hard pecorino cheese to make this pesto
  • Don’t skip the garlic unless you have to it adds a ton of flavour

A close up of parsley pesto in a white bowl

Ways To Use Parsley Pesto

  • Toss with you favourite pasta
  • Spread on the base of a sandwich
  • Toss with spinach and serve as a side
  • Toss with any salad for extra flavour
  • Serve with roast chicken or grilled fish

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Parsley pesto

The easiest parsley pesto made with simple ingredients and ready in only 2 minutes! You can use this pesto in so many ways from pasta, with fish or chicken, in salads, sandwiches or as a dip. It's the easiest way to add a ton of flavor to your food!
Course condiment
Cuisine Italian
Keyword parsley pesto
Prep Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes
Servings 1 cup (enough to serve 4 with pasta)
Calories 547kcal
Author Emily Kemp

Ingredients

  • 2 oz (60g) flat leaf parsley ( 2 large handfuls)
  • 1 heaped tbsp pine nuts
  • 1 squeeze lemon juice (around 1 tsp)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tbsp parmigiano reggiano or pecorino cheese freshly grated
  • 4 tbsp olive oil extra virgin

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients in a bowl and blitz until smooth with an immersion blender. If using a mortar and pestle add it to the mortar and pound until smooth. Season and use as required.

Notes

  • Yes, you can freeze pesto. Transfer it into an ice cube tray or store it in small plastic containers and freeze for up to 6 months.
  • Toss with you favourite pasta
  • Spread on the base of a sandwich
  • Toss with spinach and serve as a side
  • Toss with any salad for extra flavour
  • Serve with roast chicken or grilled fish
Nutrition Facts
Parsley pesto
Amount Per Serving
Calories 547 Calories from Fat 522
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 58g 89%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Sodium 115mg 5%
Potassium 332mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 101.1%
Vitamin C 97.9%
Calcium 14.2%
Iron 22.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Parsley pesto
Amount Per Serving
Calories 547 Calories from Fat 522
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 58g 89%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Sodium 115mg 5%
Potassium 332mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 101.1%
Vitamin C 97.9%
Calcium 14.2%
Iron 22.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Helpful Info For All Recipes 
  • I always use extra virgin olive oil in all of my recipes unless stated otherwise
  • When I use canned or jarred tomatoes of any kind I always use this brand for the best results and flavour
  • All vegetables are medium sized unless stated otherwise
  • All recipes are tested and developed using a fan oven
  • Read more about how the nutritional information is calculated here
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10 Comments

  • Reply
    Ann
    September 5, 2018 at 6:03 pm

    Never thought of using parsley for pesto, but I love your suggestions for using it! I happen to have a lot of parsley at the moment, so will have to try and freeze some before I lose it!

  • Reply
    Eden | Sweet Tea and Thyme
    September 5, 2018 at 4:52 pm

    Your photos are beautiful!

  • Reply
    kim
    September 5, 2018 at 4:45 pm

    I’m a huge fan of pesto and yours sounds fabulous! I’ll be making this soon!

  • Reply
    Dannii
    September 5, 2018 at 4:43 pm

    We have been making loads of parsley pesto with the abundance we have growing in our garden.

  • Reply
    Sandi
    September 5, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    We love to use parsley pesto on grilled chicken! It tastes amazing and is easy to make. Great recipe!

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