Chive Pesto


Creamy herb paste/sauce perfect for all seasons! Main dish or side dish your guests (and yourself) will love. I made this on a whim when I ran out of basil. In my opinion I like this better than traditional pesto. It's perfect for short pasta shapes. Amount it serves is up to how much you use for your meal.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
12 servings


  • 3 cups large garlic chives

  • ½ cup fresh basil leaves

  • 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil, or more to taste

  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder

  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano

  • 1 tablespoon dried basil

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • ½ (8 ounce) package cream cheese


  1. Pulse garlic chives in a food processor until very finely chopped. Add basil; pulse until finely chopped. Pour in olive oil; process until blended. Blend in garlic powder, oregano, basil, salt, and pepper. Blend in cream cheese. Chill until flavors combine, about 15 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

209 Calories
22g Fat
2g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 209
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 5g 24%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 41mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 8mg 39%
Calcium 36mg 3%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 78mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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