Peanut pesto: 3 delicious recipes for pasta & Co.

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Peanuts know most only salted and canned. It's a pity, because it also makes delicious pestos magical. Just try it.

Peanut pesto is prepared quickly

Everyone knows peanuts, almost everyone knows pesto. But most associate with pesto the spicy Italian pasta sauce with basil and peanuts supreme the salty snack from the can. It is less well known that peanuts look good even as pesto and in many variants they can make both pastafans and friends of Asian cuisine happy. Peanuts can be more than the snack in front of the TV. With peanut pesto you can e.g. conjure up delicious pasta and sophisticated Asian dishes.

Recipe No. 1 - The basic recipe

If you want to try the classic pesto with peanuts, you only need a few ingredients. The basic recipe is almost identical to a classic pesto Genovese, except that here the pine nuts are replaced by peanuts.


  • 150 g salted peanuts
  • 1 - 2 garlic cloves to taste
  • 60 - 80 ml of olive oil
  • a handful of fresh basil
  • 50 g fresh Parmesan
  • 1 pinch of pepper


All ingredients except for the oil in a blender or a kitchen utensil with topping give and first on low, then crush on higher level. Gradually add the olive oil and mix until the mixture is homogeneous and creamy. Then pour the pesto into a bowl or a glass with a screw cap and either process completely or douse with oil, seal and refrigerate. The pesto lasts about 1 week.

Recipe # 2 - peanut sesame pesto

In addition to the Pesto variant for friends of Italian cuisine, you can also change the peanut pesto for Asian dishes.


  • 1 - 2 tablespoons of peanut butter with pieces
  • 3 - 4 tablespoons of sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • Sesame seeds and peanut pieces as desired


Beat the peanut butter with sesame and sunflower oil until smooth, then add soy sauce, lime juice and the crushed clove of garlic, stirring well. Then season with salt and pepper.

Roast the sesame seeds in a pan, spread the pesto on glass noodles or fried noodles and sprinkle with the sesame.

Recipe # 3 - Peanut Coriander Pesto

Another Asian variant also goes well with fish dishes. However, this Asian peanut-coriander pesto is a bit spicy.


  • 50 g fresh coriander
  • 100 g salted, roasted peanuts
  • 50 g of grated Manchego or Pecorino cheese
  • 7 tablespoons of peanut or sunflower oil
  • 1 - 2 small chili peppers
  • 1 - 2 garlic cloves


Chop the coriander into a pesto with the peanuts, cheese, garlic, chili and oil in a kitchen utensil.

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