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.


  • 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.


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