Cilantro Basil Pesto Pasta

If I could add cilantro to every meal I probably would – except for maybe cereal, maybe.   I just love it.  So when my friend introduced me the greatness that is pesto, I decided to try making it myself with my secret ingredient – cilantro, which resulted in this super easy, yummy, light and airy cilantro basil pesto pasta.

Cilantro Basil Pesto Pasta -

I don’t know about you but I can enjoy a nice plate of pasta any time of the year, especially when I’m looking for something different, lighter, to keep me comfy and satisfied.  And since I still have basil growing in my backyard (I used to have a cilantro as well, but I never fully allowed it to bloom because I was always cutting sprigs for my meals.), I thought why not enjoy a nice plate of cilantro basil pesto pasta and share my recipe.  Here’s what you’ll need.

Ingredients for Cilantro Basil Pesto -


1 1/2 – 2 cups of fresh cilantro
1 cup of fresh basil
3 large garlic cloves
1/3 of a cup of pine nuts
1/4 cup of good quality olive oil
juice of 1 lime
pinch of salt – to taste


In a food processor or blender, combine the cilantro, basil, garlic, pine nuts, lime juice and salt.

Cilantro Basil Pesto Ingredients in Food Processor -

Pulse on low and with the food processor or blender running, drizzle in the olive oil and blend until everything is to the consistency you like.

Adding Olive Oil to Pesto in Processor -

I like it to be a little bit more coarse, but you can blend longer and/or add in more olive oil as needed.  Easy, breezy I tell you.

Spoonful of pesto -

Here’s a quick video to show just how easy breezy it really is.

Then you can choose to store the goodness for use at a later date or cook your favorite pasta and coat it with this delish pesto.

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Single Serving - Cilantro Basil Pesto Pasta -

If you want something heartier, feel free to add in the veggies and meats that move you.  I know I love adding in chicken or bacon, mushrooms and spinach.  Yum, yum, no matter which way you serve it.

Bacon, Mushroom, Pesto Pasta -

I tell you, once you try this pesto, you won’t be sorry because it can make anything taste flavorful and bright in no time.

What’s you’re favorite way to enjoy pesto?


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  1. I love pesto too! I enjoy it on sandwiches instead of a dressing. I also like to put it on salmon. Yum! And of course on crackers.

    • Awe, sorry to hear that Claudette. I just had dinner last night with a cilantro hater too. I’d say use parsley, but not nearly as much – maybe 1/2 a cup and up the basil to 1 1/2 cups. Hope that works 😉

  2. While I would absolutely love this pesto it includes two of my husbands least favourite ingredients, cilantro and basil. I’m tucking this recipe away for when he is working night-shifts and plan to treat myself.

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