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Easy Asparagus Pesto

This fast and easy Fresh Asparagus Pesto Recipe is perfect on pasta or spread on sandwiches or how about dipping with some Italian Crusty Bread? Since now is Asparagus Season don’t miss out on making some Pesto!

asparagus pesto in a glass jar on a black board

When Asparagus Season hits, the question is what else can I make with a bunch of Asparagus? Since I am always looking for a new delicious Recipe for Pasta. I decided this Easy Asparagus Pesto would be perfect.

What is Pesto?

Pesto is a cold sauce, originally from Genoa, the region of Liguria. When we think of Pesto we usually think of Fresh Basil, Parmesan Cheese, Olive Oil and Pine Nuts. It is probably one of the most popular sauces in the world.

If you want to make a Traditional Genovese Pesto you will need a marble mortar and a wooden pestle and a lot of patience.

Although Pesto comes in many forms from this Easy Fresh Asparagus Pesto to Eggplant to Pepper Pesto and everything in between.

ingredients for asparagus pesto in a blender


How to Clean Asparagus:

  • Under cool water rinse the asparagus spears in order to remove any dirt.
  • Sometimes really thick asparagus will have a tough outer skin. It can be removed (if you want) with a vegetable peeler.
  • Then snap off the bottom (an inch or so should be enough) by using your fingers, the stem will break naturally where the tough woody part ends and the tender stem begins.
  • Dry the spears by gently towel drying.
  • Your spears are now ready for using in a recipe either leaving them whole or cut up

How to Make Asparagus Pesto:

  • Cook the cleaned Asparagus until just tender but not mushy.
  • In a blender add the asparagus, parmesan cheese (it’s always best to grate your own parmesan, don’t use the bagged stuff), pine nuts, salt, pepper, lemon juice, a little asparagus water and olive oil and blend on low.
  • I add the olive oil a little at a time until I reach the constituency I am looking for.

Different Ways to Use Pesto:

I have recently just started experimenting with different types of Pesto, they weren’t really my favourite condiment. But I have to admit I have opened my mind and my tastebuds.

We really enjoyed this Pesto Pizza with fresh Tomatoes & Mozzarella and of course these Homemade Pesto Dinner Rolls were a hit.

asparagus pesto in a glass jar on a black board

How to Make Pesto and Pasta:

Toss your Asparagus Pesto with al dente Pasta of choice, add a drizzle of olive oil if needed and a sprinkle of Parmesan Cheese and dinner is ready.

How to store Pesto:

Keep the freshly prepared pesto in the fridge, in an airtight container, cover the sauce with a thin layer of olive oil (to keep it from drying out). It will last up to 2-3 days.
Pesto can also be frozen. Freeze it in small freezer safe jars. Defrost the pesto in the refrigerator when ready to use.

More Pesto Recipes:

I hope this Spring when you are looking for ways to use up some Asparagus you decide to give this Delicious Pesto a try. Buon Appetito!

asparagus pesto & pasta in a white bowl
asparagus pesto in a glass jar on a black board

Easy Asparagus Pesto

Rosemary Molloy
This fast and easy Fresh Asparagus Pesto Recipe is perfect on pasta in sandwiches or how about dipping with some Italian Crusty Bread?
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Pasta, Sauce
Cuisine Italian
Servings 1 cup
Calories 578 kcal


  • ½ pound fresh asparagus (cleaned and chopped 1 inch slices)
  • ¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¾-1 tablespoon pine nuts
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1-2 dashes pepper
  • ½ teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1-2 tablespoon asparagus water
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil


  • In a pot of boiling water cook asparagus until tender (about 10 minutes). Drain but keep 2-3 tablespoons of the water.
  • In a blender or food processor add the cooked asparagus, freshly grated parmesan cheese, pine nuts, salt, pepper, lemon juice. Start by adding one tablespoon of asparagus water and two tablespoons of olive oil. Blend, gradually add the remaining olive oil and if needed more asparagus water until you reach desired thickness. Toss with cooked al dente pasta and a sprinkle of freshly grated Parmesan Cheese. Enjoy!


Any leftover Pesto should be placed in an airtight container (add a light covering of olive oil over the pesto) and refrigerate for up to 3 days.


Calories: 578kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 55g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 969mg | Potassium: 503mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1930IU | Vitamin C: 13.7mg | Calcium: 332mg | Iron: 5.7mg
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  1. 4 stars
    This was really nice–thank you! I doubled the recipe to sauce a pound of whole wheat rotini, with chicken and more asparagus pieces, lightly blanched. Asparagus’s flavor is pretty mild, so I added herbs (parsley and lemon thyme), and next time I’d add a bit of garlic. We all enjoyed it.

  2. 5 stars
    Tasty, healthy and fast! I doubled the recipe because I had purchased too much asparagus, and so was able to freeze half for a future dinner – always a bonus. I do appreciate the metric measurements on the site also. Thanks!

  3. 5 stars
    I made the recipe but got a little creative. I followed your instructions but cut the tips off half of the Asparagus, and didn’t cook them, in the food processor I followed your instructions and added 3 leftover oil packed anchovies that I had soaked for about 3-4 minutes in some of the very hot asparagus water. I also added about 4 fair sized basil leaves and 2 cloves of Roasted Garlic, made the Pesto as you suggested. Then when I tossed the Pesto and Pasta I added the uncooked tips of the Asparagus that I had reserved and a handful of freshly chopped grape tomatoes and a 1/4 cup of shredded Smoked Mozzarella. Tossed till well blended, I liked the texture the very rustic flavors and the freshness of the tomatoes and the Asparagus tips. Served it topped with freshly grated Pecorino Romano. My dinner guests that night have all called and asked for the recipe and when am I making it again. With a Glass of sparkling Rose” and a light salad and crusty Italian bread it was a big hit.

    1. Hi David, that’s very creative, and sounds amazing. I’m glad everyone enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing have a great day.

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