Parsley Pesto

Recipes | April 7, 2014

This parsley pesto not only offers a gorgeous colour perfect for spring but is fresh, flavourful, and only takes 7 minutes to make.

Parsley Pesto

It’s about that time in my country that it’s finally starting to rain and create a variety from the endless sunshine. I know that sounds like a bundle of happiness, but it can be a bother when you’re walking in the sun and going near blind from the brightness…

I’m now realising that to those of you who still have snow, I sound INCREDIBLY ungrateful. Oops.

Parsley Pesto

Now, don’t get me wrong. I love Jamaica. The beaches, the sun, the hotels, the food. But sometimes, I am very happy for the rain. It just lets me know that the spring showers are here (thank you Lord) and that the day is cooled down for the afternoon. Although we don’t have any distinct seasons here (winter is a bit cold) I would have to say spring is my favourite. It’s not too hot, it rains to cool down such heat, and all your flowers bloom gorgeously. It also means all your produce begins to bloom also, case in point being this parsley.

Parsley Pesto

A long time ago I showed a glimpse of my back yard where we have some tomatoes growing – which means that currently we don’t buy tomatoes at the supermarket – and this has beautifully expanded to parsley, scallions, scotch bonnet peppers, and tons of bananas. I think an orange tree is in the bloom. One day I will go on a mini adventure and show you pictures of it all!

That’s why parsley pesto just makes sense. After all, isn’t that what food blogs are about? Creating not only traditional meals but also those fine tuned to our own circumstances? I was surprised when I found out that there are so many varieties of pesto, and after making this parsley pesto I can see why. It is the recipe that you can switch out your greens, your cheese, your oil and even your nuts for anything you have on hand that fits properly. It is the perfect customisable recipe that allows you to put your own personality and taste into it, to create a delicious, creamy spread personally tailored to you.

loved this spread, and kept eating pieces in between this shoot in an attempt to “clean up the sides”.  I admit, ugh, that I have bought pesto way too many times when the ingredients cost a whole lot less than the bottle, and produced a lot more. It also tastes a lot fresher, and I can guarantee that after a day of sitting in your fridge, the flavours come together even more, producing a delicious spread.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some parsley pesto to attend to. Happy Monday!

Parsley Pesto

Parsley Pesto

Parsley Pesto

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Category: Jams, Sauces, Dips & Spreads
  • 2 1/2 cups parsley, stemmed and washed
  • 1/3 cup toasted walnuts
  • 1/3 cup + 2 teaspoons grated parmesan cheese
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper, adjust to taste
  • Add the parsley, pine nuts, parmesan cheese, garlic, coarse salt and two tablespoons of olive oil into a food processor.
  • Blend the ingredients together in 5 second intervals until blended together, about 30 seconds. Scrape down the bowl with a spatula.
  • Add the rest of the olive oil and the salt and pepper. Blend everything together until smooth, but there is a slight texture left (if you prefer - else blend until completely smooth), about 1 minute.
  • Scrape down the bowl again ensuring everything is being incorporated.
  • You may want to add more cheese, olive oil or seasoning to appeal to your palette.
  • Spoon the pesto into a bowl and serve on crackers, bread, sandwiches, pizza, or other varieties.



Tags: Vegetarian Vegetarian
by Jessica

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  1. What a gorgeous pesto! Just love that pretty bright green!

  2. So gorgeous! I’ve never tried pesto with parsley…sounds like I need to!

  3. This looks really lovely. Parley pesto is being added to my list of things to make!

  4. Ashley says:

    I love making pesto at home! So fresh and delicious! I bet it’s great with the parsley – I’ll have to try this once our garden gets going for the season!

    • Jessica says:

      You definitely have to ! Awesome that you already make it at home :).

  5. Johlene says:

    I love that you added pine nuts to this!! It looks and sounds really tasty!! Happy week 🙂

  6. Sounds delish Jessica! I love a good pesto! So light and fresh!

  7. I love to make pesto of all kinds with all the herbs we grow, it’s always so delicious! This looks great!

  8. I am quite obsessed with pesto, so I would be all over this. This looks fantastic!

  9. Monica says:

    I love pesto but never make it! Your lovely pictures are inspiring me. It’s raining here right now. I wish I could be grateful for it but I’m looking forward to the sun coming out again because the weekend was beautiful. And your backyard garden sounds amazing…I can’t grow anything but I’m going to try to keep some herbs this spring/summer.

  10. Beautiful pesto. It would work great in a warm potato salad instead of the mayo. Yum

  11. That is sooo wonderful that you have a banana tree, Jessica! Wow! That means that you have your own ‘quick breakfast’ tree!
    I can’t wait to have even just a little bit of garden space so that I can grow some herbs and perhaps some tomatoes. You’re right, there’s nothing better foodwise than being able to pop outside and grab some bits and bobs for your dinner. Isn’t that amazing?! I bet your pesto was super fresh and tasty!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Helen! It’s truly amazing!!! The freshness of the ingredients is a gift.

  12. ela@GrayApron says:

    That would our local version of pesto, since basil doesn’t grow here, but I have never tried it. Thanks! Looks fantastic!:) ela

  13. Joanne says:

    Yay for spring! I love the lemony flavor of parsley and feel like there are so many great uses for this pesto!!

    • Jessica says:

      Parsley and it’s unique flavour is awesome! Thanks Joanne 🙂

  14. Lol! Don’t worry about sounding ungrateful for your gorgeous weather! For one, I did kinda pick to live in Ohio (near tons of family and all), and I figure it’s not fair to complain about snow tooooo much if you chose to live somewhere like Ohio! 😀 Plus … I need somewhere fabulous to vacation! So you gripe all you want … and I’ll just come and visit, m’kay?!?!? Now onto this pesto! So fresh, so beautiful … and 7 minutes!?!? What’s not to love!?!? Fabulous! 😀

    • Jessica says:

      Haha that’s a good point! And you can certainly come visit! Thanks Shelley!

  15. Awwh your yard sounds super lovely! I’m dying to see some pics!
    Also this pesto looks incredible. I really like this parsley version, it’s so original!

  16. Oh my goodness! This pesto looks amazing. I’ve never made pesto using parsley and now I can’t wait to try it!! I could find so many ways to use this. Yummo!

  17. Pesto is one of my fav things. I knew my OH was the one when he made me his pesto.

    • Jessica says:

      Hahaha sounds like true love! My Mr. cooks too…what more could I ask for ?!

  18. I love Spring and the sound of rain. I do know what you are talking about I have lived in lots of places and when it’s hot all you do is wish for cooler weather. I live in a much cooler place where we still have snow on the ground and no new growth. Even with that said I love it here. Beats the heck out of not being able to go outside pass 7am because it is scorching hot. Haha
    I love the beautiful spring color of this parsley pesto. I have many ways to use parsley aside from a garnish, so thanks for a great idea!

  19. I’ve never tried making pesto with parsley! What a great idea! Definitely making a mental note to give this a try.

  20. Kelly says:

    I love homemade pesto but have never tried making it with parsley – it sounds fantastic and can’t wait to try it 🙂 Wow, your backyard garden sounds amazing too!

  21. Jean Heavrin says:

    How much does this recipe for Parsley Pesto make?

  22. Cassie says:

    I would love to make this pesto but a couple of the ingredients have a “?” in front of them. I don’t know how much to use!!!

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Cassie, I’m so sorry about that! For some reason a ? is showing up everywhere that should be ⅓ cup. I’ve corrected the recipe now!

  23. Elfi says:

    I had quite some parsley and didn’t know what to do with it… Until I ran into this recipe! I omitted the garlic since my stomach is not so fond of the raw version, but it was still delicious!

  24. Sandi says:

    Hi Jessica.
    Your parsley pesto sounds yum, but I’m not sure about the amount of parsley. Is the 21/2 cups packed or loose? Or can you give me a weight, perhaps in ounces? I dont’t want to use so much that it overpowers everything else. Can’t wait to try it. Thanx.

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Hi Sandi the parsley measurement is loose definitely not packed. I hope this helps!

  25. Mary says:

    I made your Parsley Pesto tonight and spread it on Cod with a cheesy/crumb topping it was absolutely delicious, Thankyou!

    Rating: 5
    • Jessica says:

      Hi Mary,

      Wow thank you so much!! I need to make this again – so glad you enjoyed and you’re so welcome!!

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