Mango Pesto

Unbelievably yummy and so easy to make this mango pesto packs a lot of flavors!  The sweet-tart fruitiness of fresh mangoes perfectly blends with the savoriness of pesto.  Add to pasta and you have one tasty meal!

Mango Pesto

I would have never thought of adding fresh mangoes to a pesto dish!

My mom celebrated her 80th birthday last December (2019) so we threw her a party in the Philippines.  My family and I flew over just for this as it was a big milestone for her and our family. My sister, who organized the entire event, chose an organic and vegetarian restaurant to cater for mom’s party. She chose the entire menu and we didn’t have a clue as to what we’d be served. This was our first time to have a fully vegetarian birthday party as we often had meat dishes.

Mango Pesto

We were pleasantly surprised by how delicious the entire menu was from appetizers to dessert! This was actually the time when I got the chance to taste spaghetti with mango pesto as it was one of the dishes on offer. I was a bit skeptical as to how it would taste and even thought it a bit of an odd combination at first. But, just one taste of this pasta dish loaded with mango pesto and I was blown away. It was unbelievably yummy! The mango’s sweet-tart flavor did not distract or render unpleasant the taste of the dish. In fact, it elevated the pesto flavor and it was totally delish! After that, I told myself that I would re-create it one day.

Today’s that day! My family totally enjoyed our meal. They remembered the time they first tasted it at my mom’s birthday so they delightfully ate the whole thing! No left-overs at all!

The best thing about this pasta sauce is that it’s crazy easy to make. Takes about 5 minutes or less! How’s that for a quick dish?

All you need to do is pretty much combine everything in a food processor or blender and, voila, you have a delicious pasta sauce!

Mango Pesto

This mango pesto is quite versatile, too! It’s not just for use with pasta (which is delish, of course!). You can use it to make appetizers like a pesto crostini or even in making a low-carb breakfast or snack like my Roasted (Baked) Tomatoes with Pesto and Feta Cheese. The possibilities are endless, indeed!

Mango Pesto

Mango Pesto

Manila Spoon
Unbelievably yummy and so easy to make this mango pesto packs a lot of flavors!  The sweet-tart fruitiness of fresh mangoes perfectly blends with the savoriness of pesto!  
5 from 10 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 4


  • 4 oz fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts, walnuts or almonds
  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup mango, or to taste
  • 3/4 tsp salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, or to taste
  • 1 lb spaghetti, cooked


  • In a food processor, puree the basil, nut of choice, garlic, mango and salt. With the machine running, slowly pour in the olive oil. Stir in the parmesan. Taste and adjust seasoning.
  • Serve with spaghetti, if desired.


Note: Use one garlic, if you prefer a mild garlic taste. Keep in the refrigerator (best used within 3 days), if there are leftovers. 
Keyword how to make pesto sauce, mango pesto, pesto paste, pesto sauce
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Last updated on February 8th, 2024 at 07:28 pm



  1. Alisa Infanti
    April 17, 2020 / 1:26 pm

    5 stars
    This was delicious! I love the mangos with the pesto. Really adds a pop of flavour and brightness to an otherwise ordinary dish!

  2. Marta
    April 17, 2020 / 10:18 pm

    Oooh!! This is a very unique dish. I’m sure the contrast of sweet and herbaceous has to be great.

  3. Stine Mari
    April 18, 2020 / 3:47 pm

    5 stars
    Mango is so good with savory dishes. It’s a genius idea to have it in a pesto, yum!

  4. Alena
    April 18, 2020 / 4:16 pm

    5 stars
    I love how you added mango to pesto – what a creative rendition of pesto! I actually have a mango, so I’m definitely trying this!

  5. Jacqui DeBono
    April 18, 2020 / 8:56 pm

    5 stars
    I love the sound of this! I will do this next time I whip up some pesto!

  6. Amy Liu Dong
    April 18, 2020 / 11:02 pm

    I have never tried to add mango on my pesto but the taste sounds good and tasty, will try this recipe. Thank you!

  7. Sondra Barker
    April 19, 2020 / 1:58 am

    5 stars
    Wow I have never tried this but it sounds amazing! I would love to try adding in mango to my pesto next time!

  8. Kacie Morgan
    April 19, 2020 / 5:57 am

    5 stars
    Ooh, mango pesto – now that sounds unusual. I would probably pair it with some spicy chicken with pasta I think. Mmm!

  9. Joyce
    April 20, 2020 / 8:44 am

    Wow I have never thought to add mangoes to a pesto! This sounds so amazing! I love a good pesto and will definitely give this a go next time! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Julie @ Running in a Skirt
    April 20, 2020 / 1:05 pm

    What a great way to add some sweetness to pesto. This is so tasty and delish. Love these flavors.

  11. Alexis
    April 20, 2020 / 2:01 pm

    5 stars
    Oh, we love pesto in our family. I never thought to put mango with it though, this looks delicious. Thank you, this is going to be lunch this week.

    • abigail
      April 21, 2020 / 1:13 pm

      Hope you enjoy this as much as we did! Thanks!

  12. Lathiya
    April 23, 2020 / 4:00 pm

    5 stars
    This is such a unique dish. Never seen Mango pesto before. I love Mango and try to a different dishes using it.

  13. Erica Schwarz
    May 11, 2020 / 4:18 pm

    5 stars
    Living in Florida, I’m always on the hunt for new ways to use our mangoes and I love that this recipe uses a whole cup! Delicious flavors and easy to make, it’s a winner!

  14. wilhelmina wesse
    May 11, 2020 / 7:31 pm

    5 stars
    Wow! I am blown away at how well pesto pairs with mango! Incredible!

5 from 10 votes

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