Tips & Tricks

Peanut pesto: 3 delicious recipes for pasta & co.

Most people only know peanuts salted and canned. Too bad, because it can also be used to conjure up delicious pestos. Just try it.

Peanut pesto is quick to prepare

Everyone knows peanuts, almost everyone knows pesto. But most people associate pesto with the spicy Italian pasta sauce with basil and, with peanuts, the salty snack from the can. It is less well known that peanuts also cut a good figure as pesto and can make pasta fans as well as friends of Asian cuisine happy in many variations. Peanuts can be more than just watching TV. With peanut pesto you can e.g. conjure up delicious pasta and refined Asian dishes.

Recipe No. 1 - the basic recipe

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


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


Place all ingredients except the oil in a blender or a kitchen appliance with an attachment and chop first at a lower, then at a higher level. Gradually add the olive oil and continue mixing until the mixture is homogeneous and creamy. Then fill the pesto into a bowl or a glass with a screw cap and either process it completely or pour oil on it, close it and store it in the refrigerator. The pesto lasts about 1 week.

Recipe No. 2 - peanut sesame pesto

In addition to the pesto version for friends of Italian cuisine, you can also modify the peanut pesto for Asian dishes.


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


Stir the peanut butter with sesame and sunflower oil until smooth, then add soy sauce, lime juice and the pressed clove of garlic and stir well as well. Then season with salt and pepper.

Roast the sesame seeds slightly in a pan, spread the pesto on glass noodles or fried noodles and sprinkle the toasted sesame seeds over them.

Recipe No. 3 - peanut-coriander pesto

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


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


Cut the coriander into rough pieces and process together with the peanuts, the cheese, the garlic, the chilli and the oil into a pesto in a kitchen appliance.