Pesto Popcorn

You know when you think you've come up with a truly great idea? An idea no one else in the world has ever had. Like when I was about 8  and my sister and I started putting honey on cheddar cheese. We thought we were the first people ever to have come up with that idea. (It was quite a shock to me when I first saw honey served on a cheese and charcuterie plate, seriously)

Pesto Popcorn

I feel a little like that today. I thought I was the first person on the planet to come up with the idea to put pesto on their popcorn. Pesto plus popcorn, I mean, it does seem a little strange, right?

Turns out that somebody beat me to that idea. A whole lot of people beat me to that idea. There are 1,350,000 different results for pesto popcorn on Google. If this were a race, I would have seriously lost.

Luckily it's not a race. And if you haven't already joined the pesto popcorn fan club, you should. Do you love pesto? Silly question, I know. Do you love popcorn? Another silly question, I know. Then you're going to love pesto popcorn.

It's nothing but cheesy, basil-y, popcorn-y goodness. Welcome to the club!

Pesto Popcorn

Pesto Popcorn

Kristen Stevens
Pesto popcorn is the ultimate snack. It's salty, cheesy and super flavourful. I promise you won't make it far through your movie before it's gone!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine North American
Servings 4 servings


  • Popcorn kernels
  • Grapeseed oil
  • Homemade or store-bought pesto
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Salt


  • Heat the oil in a pot over medium-high heat. Add the popcorn kernels so they cover the bottom of the pot in a single layer.
  • When the popcorn starts to pop, lift the pot just barely off of the element and shake it back and forth until the corn stops popping.
  • Toss the popcorn to coat with pesto and parmesan cheese. Season to taste with sea salt.


To make homemade pesto: chop garlic and basil together on a chopping board. Drizzle olive oil over top and continue chopping to get a chunky paste-like consistency. Salt to taste.
I've left the ingredient amounts blank on purpose. Add more or less of the ingredients as you like. I personally like lots of pesto and cheese on mine 🙂
Keyword pesto popcorn
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