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Gluten Free Homemade Walnut Pesto

  • Author: Elaine VanVleck
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This easy recipe for gluten free homemade walnut pesto is a simple way to use fresh basil. This sauce is made without pine nuts and makes a great pasta sauce! I tell you how to make this flavorful, healthy topping in my recipe. 



4 cups Basil Leaves, loosely packed
3 Tbsp. Garlic, minced
1/2 cup Olive Oil
2 Tbsp. Avocado Oil
1/2 cup Walnuts, chopped
1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1 tsp. Sea Salt
1/2 tsp. Ground Black Pepper


Remove the basil leaves from the stems. Discard the stems.

In your food processor add all the ingredients. Pulse until a creamy sauce has formed.

Taste your sauce. Depending on the moisture level in the basil and the type of parmesan you are using you may need to add a bit more oil, salt or cheese. 

If you add ingredients pulse the pesto until it's combined.

Store the pesto in a jar in your refrigerator, place it in a freezer safe container and freeze or place in ice cube trays to freeze into small portions.

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Blending
  • Cuisine: Gluten Free

Keywords: gluten free, pesto, basil, sauce, pasta sauce, walnut,