Wild Garlic Pesto

If you’re close to a woodland or riverbank, chances are you’re not too far away from taking home a precious bundle of nature’s treasure! Some of you may even be lucky enough to  have a little clump or two in your garden! It makes an incredible soup (that’s for another post) but our favourite is Wild Garlic Pesto. It really is something else and a breeze to make!

Identifying Wild Garlic

When out walking you’ll smell it before you see it, that gentle waft of garlicky goodness. It’s pretty easy to spot with its broad leaves, typical garlic flowers and, crush it between your fingers and the smell is unmistakable. However, if you are in any way unsure, ask someone who knows what they’re looking for or consult a little guidebook  like this one Food For Free (Collins Gem)

Overhead Shot Of Wild Garlic in Bowl

Foragers Rule

If you do manage to find some and it is on public land, please be mindful that this is a gift of nature and only take a small amount. Nothing enrages foragers more than seeing someone who has found a stash, only to strip it bare.

Wild Garlic Pesto

This incredible pesto is super simple to make and will transform a simple bowl of pasta into something truly amazing!

  • 100 gm Wild Pesto (Roughly translates as one large bunch)
  • 75 gm Parmesan or similar (Grated)
  • 75 gm Cashew nuts (a far cheaper alternative to pine nuts)
  • Olive oil (To taste – be generous)
  • Lemon Juice
  • Salt and Pepper
  1. This is such a simple recipe the kids can do it!

    Using a food processor or something like a Nutri-Bullet blender, whizz up the wild garlic until it is finely chopped. 

  2. Add the nuts and cheese and run the processor again until all is nicely blended. 

  3. Add a generous glug of olive oil and keep blending until you have a nice smooth paste. Don’t be stingy!

  4. Taste your paste and add lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste

  5. Be warned – whilst the leaves smell delicately of garlic – this pesto packs a real punch so don’t eat it on your own unless you want people to recoil when you talk to them! This is a recipe to share! 

  6. This paste stores well in the fridge if covered in a little layer of olive oil. It also freezes well in ice cube trays to avoid wasting even the tiniest drop!

Our favourite way to use this amazing pesto is with pasta! Stir in a good sized large spoonful into a pan of freshly cooked pasta. Add a generous slurp of cream and another sprinkle of parmesan.


Overhead Shot Of Wild Garlic Pesto Used in Pasta Dish


Pro Tip: This wild garlic pesto is also incredible spread on toast under cheese for cheese on toast with a real kick! Stir a spoonful into a salad dressing to really take it to another level.

Fight over who gets the most.


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    Liberty Henwick

    April 19, 2018

    Pinned this for later! We have so much of this growing on the verges around our house, delighted to have this recipe so that I can put it to some good use now – thanks! 🙂 #coolmumclub

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      May 1, 2018

      It’s great as literally takes seconds and lasts for ages x

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    This Scribbler Mum

    April 19, 2018

    This looks delicious. I have never tried pesto before like I don’t know why but I really haven’t. I should give it a try soon. #coolmumclub

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      May 1, 2018

      Let me know how you get on xxx

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    April 19, 2018

    Ooh this looks delicious! I love garlic, and pesto…My eyes will be peeled for some wild garlic now!

    Thanks for sharing with #coolmumclub

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      May 1, 2018

      It’s gorgeous! Makes a great addition to salad dressing too x

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    Morgan Prince

    April 12, 2019

    Huh! This is so interesting – I didn’t even know you could find it like that!
    I’m totally going to look for it when we’re out on our walks now. 🙂