Pumpkin Seed Pesto

Pumpkin Seed Pesto

Everyone needs a great pesto recipe! Pesto is one of those nutrient dense, wildly flavorful sauces that is delicious in multiple ways. It can be served traditionally over noodles, used as a dip, makes the perfect sauce for chicken or fish, and is a crowd pleaser in my Shrimp and Zoodles recipe.
Course Entree
Keyword basil, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, parmesan, parsley, pumpkin


  • 1 c. roasted salted pumpkin seeds (pepitas) without shells
  • 4 tbsp. fresh-grated parmesan
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 c. basil
  • 1 c. fresh parsley
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. lemon zest
  • 1 c. extra-virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Combine pumpkin seeds, Parmesan and garlic in food processor fitted with a metal
  2. blade.
  3. Process 30 seconds until the seeds are finely ground and garlic is minced.
  4. Add basil, parsley, lemon juice, zest and olive oil, pulsing until the herbs are finely
  5. chopped and the oil is well incorporated.
  6. Salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Enjoy immediately with your favorite noodles, Zoodles or spiralized vegetables.