Pesto with Cashews is a creamy sauce that goes well with a variety of recipes! This pesto is made without cheese and takes about 5 minutes to prepare.
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Why you'll love this recipe
Typically, pesto is made with pine nuts, but this recipe uses raw cashews which gives it a delicious dairy-free cheesy flavor!
- Basil - Fresh basil is what gives this recipe a lot of the flavor. Make sure you pack the basil into the measuring cups.
- Raw Cashews - It's important to use raw cashews without added salt or oils. I found mine at Trader Joe's!
- Lemon Juice - Fresh or pre-squeezed lemon juice will work. (Fresh is always best!)
- Olive Oil - I would not swap for any other oils.
- Garlic - Fresh garlic works best for this recipe, but you can also swap for ½ teaspoon of garlic powder.
- Spices - Pesto is a simple recipe that doesn't require many spices! Just add salt and black pepper to enhance the other flavors.
🍴Step by Step Instructions
Step 1: Pesto Ingredients
Start by adding all ingredients in a food processor or blender.
Step 2: Blending Pesto
Blend until pesto is a smooth and creamy consistency. (Add water if needed.)
Gluten-Free Pasta Tips
For this recipe I used Jovial Brown Rice Penne. Jovial is one of my favorite gluten-free pasta brands!
They have a huge selection of shapes and are made with simple ingredients. (Plus they're organic!)
The Whole Foods brand makes a delicious chickpea pasta that is also organic, and only has ONE ingredient – chickpeas.
Whole30 & Grain-Free Pasta
If you're interested in a grain-free option, try making vegetable noodles! I highly recommend purchasing an inspiralizer.
I've had mine for about five years, and it's amazing!! I use it for zucchini, broccoli, yellow squash, beets, sweet potato
How to Store Leftovers
Leftovers can be stored in an airtight glass container for 5-7 days.
How to Freeze Pesto
Add leftover pesto to an ice cube tray. Freeze until solid, and then transfer the cubes into an airtight freezer safe container.
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Pesto with Cashews
- 2 Cup Basil
- ¾ Cup Raw Cashews
- ⅓ Cup Lemon Juice
- 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
- 2 Cloves of Garlic
- 1 Teaspoon Salt
- ¼ Teaspoon Black Pepper
- Start by adding all ingredients in a food processor or blender.
- Blend until pesto is a smooth and creamy consistency. (Add water if needed.)
How to Store LeftoversLeftovers can be stored in an airtight glass container for 5-7 days.
How to Freeze PestoAdd leftover pesto to an ice cube tray. Freeze until solid, and then transfer the cubes into an airtight freezer safe container. **See full post for more information and step-by-step photos.
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