Nut Free Basil Pesto Recipe

This Nut Free Pesto is the perfect condiment to brighten up any dish. It's also a great way to use up the overabundance of basil at the end of the season to put up for winter!

Yields 2 cups
Prep Time 5 minutes

Total Time 5 minutes
Recipe Type: Sauce
Cuisine Gluten-free, Nut-free
Difficulty: Easy
Author: [get-the-author]
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  • 2 cups packed basil
  • 2 cups packed baby kale
  • 1/3 cup parmigiano reggiano, grated
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove
  • Salt to taste
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • hot water, as needed


  1. Add all of the ingredients except the olive oil to a food processor or a high speed blender. Pulse until finely chopped. With the motor running, drizzle in the olive oil. If needed you can add in a tablespoon of hot water as needed to make a smooth pesto. Taste and adjust seasoning.
  2. Use immediately or store for up to 1 week in a tightly sealed container.

Recipe Notes

  1. You can replace the kale with equal portions basil for a basil only pesto.


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