Thermomix Pesto Sauce


Thermomix Pesto Sauce is a zingy burst of flavour, perfect for adding a hit of deliciousness to so many different dishes. Use it as a spread on your favourite toasty, replace regular pizza sauce with this pesto variation or try it as a salad dressing.

Pesto is such a fresh flavour! I like to have basil growing in the garden so I have easy access to homemade pesto at all times. There is something so amazing about growing the basil and then making your own pesto to taste.

If you do grow basil you will know that one plant produces loads of basil! So making pesto is a great way to preserve basil when it’s abundant. Just stock your fridge with jars of pesto sauce.

I have developed the recipe to use a whole bunch of basil. A bunch is a size you would normally buy in the supermarket. If you have a herb garden and want to double or even triple the recipe it is safe to do so. The Thermomix bowl will hold up to four times the quantity specified in this recipe.

My Favourite Uses for Thermomix Pesto Sauce

  1. Pesto Sauce makes a fabulous pizza sauce. Start with homemade pizza dough, and add this fresh zingy sauce. It’s perfect with simple toppings such as mozzarella cheese or prosciutto.
  2. Add a special finishing touch to a risotto such as this Pesto Chicken Risotto, just add some extra toasted pine nuts.
  3. Use a salad dressing by thinning it with a little extra lemon.
  4. Toss pesto through a bowl of hot pasta and top with extra parmesan cheese.
  5. Add to a cheese platter for a bright green spread.
  6. Use instead of butter when making your favourite toastie.
Close up chicken risotto with bacon and pesto topping on white background
Chicken Pesto Risotto

Food Processor Pesto Sauce

This recipe can easily be made in a food processor. Simply follow the steps;

  • Place the parmesan cheese in a food processor, process until finely chopped and reserve.
  • Add the remaining ingredients to the food processor and process until the desired texture is achieved.
  • Add the processed pesto to the parmesan cheese and stir by hand to combine.

Frequently Ask Questions

Is there a substitute for pine nuts in pesto sauce?

Yes, you can replace pine nuts with pepita seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, almonds or macadamia nuts. It really doesn’t matter which nut or seed you use to add texture to the pesto. Substituting the pine nuts will change the flavour slightly but it makes a great variation.

I don’t have enough basil, what else can I use to make pesto?

You can substitute some of the basil for rocket or baby spinach. The flavour will be slightly altered but it will still be delicious.

Can I double the pesto recipe?

Yes, you can. Keep the same proportions and increase the recipe 2, 3 or 4 times for larger batches.

How long can I store homemade pesto?

The pesto can be stored in the fridge for a few weeks. Pour a thin layer of oil over the top of the pesto before sealing it. The oil will protect the pesto from oxidising and turning brown.

Why do you recommend block cheese?

I prefer to use block cheese in my recipes because it has fewer preservatives than grated cheese. Grated cheese also contains anticaking agents which will change the taste and texture of the dish. Please consider using block cheese and use a Thermomix or food processor to chop it freshly.

Can I substitute another cheese for parmesan cheese?

You can substitute any hard, strong cheese for parmesan cheese. Examples of suitable replacement cheese are Romano, Pecorino, and Grana Padana.

Can I make Vegan Pesto?

Yes, to make pesto suitable for a vegan simply substitute the cheese for nutritional yeast. Stir through 1/4 cup of nutritional yeast in place of the Parmesan cheese.

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Thermomix pesto sauce in a white bowl and spoon

Thermomix Pesto Sauce

Julie Carlyle
Thermomix Pesto sauce is a zingy burst of flavour, perfect for adding a hit of deliciousness to a variety of dishes.
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 3 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Appetizer, Basic, Preserve, Sauce
Cuisine American, Australian, Italian
Servings 1 recipe
Calories 1008 kcal



  • 40 g parmesan block cheese
  • 5 g garlic 1 large clove
  • 35 g basil 1 bunch
  • 25 g pinenuts
  • 20 g lemon juice
  • 75 g mild oil light olive oil, macadamia oil, vegetable oil, grapeseed oil


  • Place parmesan cheese in TM Bowl. Chop 7 sec/speed 9.
    40 g parmesan block cheese
    Pesto Sauce Ingredients on a wooden chopping board
  • Reserve in a bowl for later.
  • Add garlic. Chop 3 sec/Speed 9.
    5 g garlic
  • Add basil, pinenuts, oil, and lemon. Chop 10 sec/Speed 7.
    35 g basil, 25 g pinenuts, 20 g lemon juice, 75 g mild oil
  • Scrape down the bowl. Chop 15 sec/ Speed 7.
  • Add the pesto to the reserved parmesan cheese.
  • Stir to combine, use as desired.



To store the pesto sauce. Pour into a glass jar. Cover the top with oil. Place the lid on the jar and store in the fridge until needed.


Calories: 1008kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 19gFat: 103gSaturated Fat: 18gPolyunsaturated Fat: 17gMonounsaturated Fat: 62gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 645mgPotassium: 331mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 2168IUVitamin C: 16mgCalcium: 551mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Pesto, Sauce, Thermomix
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10 thoughts on “Thermomix Pesto Sauce”

  1. Chris Wenzel says:

    5 stars
    So tasty and tangy, great recipe

  2. Alex Schwartz says:

    5 stars
    Made this last night and it was divine! Never buying store bought pesto again

  3. Lyndall Smythe says:

    5 stars
    Love this!!! Can definitely recommend!!!

  4. Joy Hollis says:

    5 stars
    Why have I not made pesto before?! This is amazing!! Thank U!!

  5. Nicki Archer says:

    5 stars
    Thank you for sharing this recipe! It was the best!

  6. Kylie Oliver says:

    5 stars
    This is the best pesto I have tasted, everyone loved it

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

      Hi Kylie
      Thank you so much for leaving a comment. I’m so pleased you enjoyed the recipe.

  7. Anna Delvene says:

    5 stars
    The pesto was amazing on pizza! Such a great alternative!

  8. Anna Craft says:

    5 stars
    This is so good! Thank you 😃

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

      Hi Anna
      I’m so pleased you enjoyed my pesto.
      Happy cooking

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