Hazelnut & Cilantro Pasta Sauce

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 min

This is a great departure from the basic pesto sauce.


  1. Finely chop the hazelnuts.
  2. Put the nuts, garlic cloves, cilanto, salt and 5 tablespoons of the olive oil in a blender.
  3. Blend to create the sauce.
  4. Heat the remaining 1 tablepoon of oil in a small saucepan and add to the sauce.
  5. Fry very gently until heated through.
  6. Serve over 12 oz of your favorite cooked pasta.
  7. Sprinkle with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.


Most Helpful

This was very unique and different BUT in a GOOD way. I increased the cilantro to 1 1/2 bunches just cos I like the taste of it. Can't get enough of that. The hazelnut gave it a very unique taste and a nice tedture to the dish.

KitchenManiac January 21, 2004

Absolutely wonderful!! ...very fresh tasting, easy to make, and delightfully green! My DH and I really enjoyed this! I scaled the recipe to 2 servings, used about 2/3 of a bunch of cilantro, subbed pecans for the hazelnuts (I love hazelnuts, but unfortunately can't eat them), and served it over whole wheat penne pasta. Yum!! This recipe is a major find--it makes a pesto that's just as tasty as the basil-based variety, yet is much less expensive to make...and that opens up lots of delicious possibilities! Thanks so much for sharing it, Merlot!!

So Cal Gal March 09, 2010

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