I don’t think I could possibly describe in words how much I love cilantro or how much I love peanut sauces or how much I love making pesto. Not to mention how much I love eating pasta. This might just be heaven for me.

Plus, it’s a quick and budget-friendly meal. You can’t get much better than that – unless you could make it calorie free. In which case, I would eat the entire pound of pasta all by myself.

More peanut recipe favorites:  grilled beef satay / quick peanut noodles / slow cooker peanut chicken / peanut butter and jelly wings

linguini with cilantro pesto sauce in a white bowl, garnished with chopped cilantro and peanuts

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Here’s what you’ll need to make it

Top make this recipe gluten free, swap your pasta for a gluten free pasta and use tamari sauce instead of soy sauce.

How to make cilantro peanut pesto

Just throw everything into the food processor, toss the pasta with the sauce and garnish with extra peanuts and cilantro. It really doesn’t get much easier than that.

cilantro peanut pesto sauce in a small bowl garnished with chopped peanuts

More vegan pesto recipes:

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Cilantro Peanut Pesto Pasta

This pesto is an Asian inspired version of an Italian classic made with cilantro and other flavors that mimic those of a savory peanut sauce.

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Mains
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Asian
  • Diet: Vegan


  • 1 pound linguine or gluten-free pasta
  • 1 cup roughly chopped cilantro
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup peanuts
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce or tamari sauce
  • 3 tablespoon olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/41/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic

For serving:

  • Peanuts
  • Cilantro leaves
  • Lime wedges


  1. Cook pasta according to package instructions.
  2. In a food processor, add all of the ingredients. Blend until smooth.
  3. Toss pasta with the sauce and serve with extra cilantro, peanuts and lime wedges.


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 516
  • Sugar: 6.8 g
  • Sodium: 330.4 mg
  • Fat: 21.9 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 66.3 g
  • Fiber: 3.9 g
  • Protein: 16.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: easy, dairy free, vegan, gluten free option

Recipe adapted by Our Best Bites.

Last Updated on October 15, 2021 by Melissa Belanger

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