How to Make Gluten-Free Pesto at Home

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Julbi Pandoh
Julbi is a Punjab native who enjoys nothing better than making something special from a bunch of ingredients for her husband and daughter. This is what she loves to do and no one can deny the fact how much a Punjabi loves food. And we can see that in Julbi’s enthusiasm for food.

A gluten-free pesto tastes divine. Normally it is made with butter and cheese. But today I will be sharing with you a dairy-free recipe that you will love the most.

I love pesto since childhood. My mom used to make it the classic way with pecorino cheese and butter. But after ages, I got to know through a friend that this can be even made without the dairy products, resulting in gluten-free pesto. Making it dairy-free may impart some of the flavours of the recipe. But with the use of olive oil, it will taste almost the same as a classic pesto.

Making gluten-free pesto at home is very easy. It just takes 10 minutes to prepare it. To make this, firstly gather basil leaves, garlic cloves, walnuts and salt and blend. Consistency of this sauce can be as per the preference. To make it thin, add some olive oil. To make it appear more bright and green, swap basil with spinach.

The quantity of the ingredients to make a perfect sauce will be shared below. This recipe can be used as a sauce, dip, spread or even as a topping over a dish. I will love to add this to my bowl of pasta and relish it. You will know more uses of this recipe further. First, take a look at the ingredients.

Ingredients for Gluten-Free Pesto

  • 2 cups Basil
  • 1/2 cup Olive Oil
  • 3 Medium Garlic Cloves
  • 1/4 cup Pine Nuts or Walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon Salt

These are all the ingredients you require to make a healthy pesto. You can get them all from your pantry or kitchen garden. So before running to the grocery store, take a look if you already have them. Now, let me tell you how much time you can prepare it.

How Much Time It Will Take To Prepare Gluten-Free Pesto Sauce

Preparation TimeCooking TimeTotal Time
10 minutesN/A10 minutes

What an easy and quick recipe it is. Just 10 minutes are required to make this sauce. You can prepare it even when your guests are on the table. So let’s see how you can make it.

ou can even store it in the refrigerator for four days by using an airtight container. If you want to store it for months, then zip-lock it and freeze it. When you need it then defrost the packet by immersing it in warm water.

Steps to Prepare Gluten-Free Pesto

Gluten-Free Pesto Sauce recipe
  1. Take a blending jar of the food processor. Add all the ingredients to it.
  2. Blend them all into a puree.
  3. Your sauce is ready to serve.

Aren’t you amazed by the simplicity of this recipe? I surely am. You can add this to any of your meal. I will love to add it as a spread in my sandwich or a fish burger. How are you going to use it?

Nutritional Breakdown of Gluten-Free Pesto

Let’s check how many calories and nutrients this healthy sauce has.


How to Make Gluten-Free Pesto at Home | Video

I have also uploaded the video for the detailed steps. Watch it in case you have any confusion.

Video by glutenfreeforalltv

All the vegans must be happy after going through the recipe. Try this recipe and let me know about your reviews in the comment section below.

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