Cilantro Pesto in 5 minutes

One of our most popular recipes on the blog is our classic pesto (gotta love that a basil recipe is ranked so high for us, bahahaha) and how to store it. It’s easy, fresh and I really do think it is the absolute best recipe out there for pesto. We love it on pastas, in meatball paninis and even a quinoa bake with asparagus! So clearly it would be smart of us to play around with the flavors which is how we ended up with cilantro pesto.

Cilantro Pesto in 5 Minutes

And get ready because we are going to be sharing a few recipes that use the cilantro pesto over the next few months. Like a dip inspired by a friend that has 8 layers. Ohhhh mama!!

What is Pesto?

Pesto is a sauce made of crushed garlic, European pine nuts, coarse salt, basil leaves, Parmesan cheese and olive oil.

What is Pesto Used For?

Pesto can be baked into Bread and eaten instead of garlic bread.

It can be used as a spread for sandwiches.

Pesto is traditionally used in pasta.

How Long Will Pesto Keep?

Homemade pesto will last 5-7 days in the refrigerator or 3-4 months in the freezer.

Other Italian Sauce Recipes

Looking for more Italian Sauce recipes? Who doesn’t love Italian sauces!?  Make sure you try these out the next time you are making that Italian dish:

Here are a few more yummy saucy pasta dishes that our family loves:

Cilantro Pesto

Cilantro Pesto

4.14 from 15 votes
Servings: 6
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes


  • 3 Cups Cilantro
  • 1/4 Cup Pine Nuts
  • 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon Zest
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1/4 Cup Pecorino Romano Cheese, grated
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste


  • In a skillet over medium heat, add the pine nuts and toast until golden.
    1/4 Cup Pine Nuts
  • Remove from heat to cool.
  • In a blender or food processor, add the cilantro, pine nuts, olive oil, zest, juice and garlic.
    3 Cups Cilantro, 1/4 Cup Olive Oil, 1 teaspoon Lemon Zest, 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice, 2 Cloves Garlic
  • Pulse until a thick paste forms.
  • Stir in the cheese and season to taste.
    1/4 Cup Pecorino Romano Cheese, Salt and Pepper to Taste
  • Store in an airtight container with a little olive oil over the top and saran wrap pressed down against the pesto.
  • Serve over veggies, pasta, or on sandwiches.


store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for 3 days


Serving: 1gCalories: 138kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 2gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 54mgPotassium: 86mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 559IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 53mgIron: 1mg
Author: Sweet Basil
Course: 100 Family Favorite Easy Healthy Recipes

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