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pesto in a jar, half a lemon and fresh lovage leaves on the table.

Flavorful Lovage Pesto

Incredible lovage pesto! Try an unusual pesto recipe bursting with fresh flavor, a condiment that goes with anything and makes any dish taste better.
Course Dips, Sauces and Dressings
Cuisine German
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Servings 5 small jars (750 g/1.5 lb)
Calories 674kcal
Author Adina


  • 1 Food processor
  • 5-6 Small jars (150-200 g/ 5-6 oz capacity)


  • 200 g lovage leaves 7 oz, Note 1
  • 150 g cashew nuts 5.5 oz/ 1 cup
  • 230 ml sunflower oil or canola 1 cup, Note 2
  • 150 g Parmesan 5.5 oz/ ½ cup, Note 3
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice more to taste
  • 1 ½ teaspoon fine sea salt or Kosher more to taste
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper Note 4


  • Pick the leaves from the stems and measure the required amount.
  • Place about half of the leaves in a food processor; they will probably fill the processor. Process them shortly to make space for the remaining ingredients.
  • Add the remaining leaves, nuts, chopped cheese, oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
  • Process until smooth, scraping the walls of the food processor a few times in between.
  • Adjust the taste with more salt, pepper, and lemon juice (if necessary).
  • Transfer to jars.


  1. Only measure the lovage after removing the leaves from the stems. You will need more or less 2 large bunches.
  2. I use sunflower or canola oil or a mixture of them. Olive oil is also fine, preferably a lighter sort.
  3. Parmesan is not vegetarian; for a vegetarian pesto, use vegetarian hard cheese. Please use freshly grated cheese, not pre-grated.
  4. To give the pesto a bit of heat, add some cayenne pepper. I add about 1/8 teaspoon, but please use to taste.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 674kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 64g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 45g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 1214mg | Potassium: 456mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 3605IU | Vitamin C: 56mg | Calcium: 423mg | Iron: 5mg