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Spinach Basil Pesto {Nut-Free}

Spinach Basil Pesto Recipe on This nut-free pesto can be made in 5 minutes!

Today we are sharing a super simple recipe for Spinach Basil Pesto. You all need to add it to your must make list. This pesto can be made in 5 minutes and goes well with just about everything-pasta, vegetables, chicken, fish, potatoes, soups, and it’s so good on sandwiches.

And if you are hesitant about the spinach, don’t be. Embrace the spinach. You really can’t taste it and it gives the pesto a vibrant green color, which makes me very happy. I love green! Plus, spinach is so good for you. I mean, you’ve seen Popeye flex his guns, right? Don’t you want arms like that? Gotta eat your spinach! Why not in pesto form?

Spinach Basil Pesto Recipe on This simple nut-free pesto recipe can be made in minutes!

The ingredients couldn’t be any simpler-spinach, basil, garlic, parmesan cheese, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and olive oil. I didn’t forget the nuts, Josh is allergic to all nuts so we make nut-free pesto. I promise it’s just as tasty! So if you are concerned with nut allergies, this is the pesto for you! Omitting the nuts also keeps the calories and fat down, a bonus for swimsuit season:)

Spinach Basil Pesto Recipe on Simple pesto that is great with pasta, chicken, fish, veggies, and on sandwiches!

Place the ingredients in a food processor or blender, let the machine work it’s magic and voila-you have a smooth and flavorful pesto!

We keep a jar of Spinach Basil Pesto in our fridge at all times. Again, it has so many uses. I am always incorporating pesto into our meals. It is such a great flavor booster.

In the summer, when our basil is growing like weeds, we make a huge batch of Spinach Basil Pesto and put it in the freezer. It comes in handy during the winter months.

Make a batch of Spinach Basil Pesto today! And come back on Wednesday because we are going to share a killer recipe that involves this presto pesto! See, I told you it has so many uses and you don’t want to miss this one!

Easy Spinach Basil Pesto Recipe on

Spinach Basil Pesto {Nut-Free}

Yield: 1 cup pesto

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

This nut-free spinach basil pesto is bright green and full of flavor! It is great with pasta, veggies, chicken, fish, or as a spread on sandwiches.


4 cups spinach
2 cups basil
2 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/3 cup olive oil, plus 1 tablespoon


1. Place the spinach, basil, garlic, garlic, lemon juice, parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper in a food processor or blender. Turn on the machine and blend for 30 seconds. Slowly stream in the olive oil while the machine is running. Process until smooth.

2. Serve with pasta, veggies, chicken, fish, as a spread, etc. Store the pesto in a jar or container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. This pesto also freezes well. Enjoy!

Note-if you like a thinner pesto you can add a little more olive oil.

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155 Responses to “Spinach Basil Pesto {Nut-Free}”

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  1. Erica — May 13, 2013 @ 7:00 am

    I love the idea of a nut free version! I totally want to give this a go. I wonder if sunflower seeds could be a good nut fill in too?

  2. nessa — May 13, 2013 @ 7:32 am

    I’m allergic to nuts and this looks awesome! I will have to try this. Thanks so much for this fabulous recipe!

  3. Love the bright green color!

  4. I love pesto! Your photos are beautiful! I love the color of the pesto!!

  5. I love trying new pestos and this looks awesome!

  6. emily — May 13, 2013 @ 8:16 am

    do you think it would be possible to replace the spinach with kale?

  7. Tieghan — May 13, 2013 @ 8:36 am

    I love that bright green color and anything with loads of basil and cheese you can count me in on!

  8. We have loads of spinach and basil for our customers right now. I can’t wait to share this recipe with them!

    Thanks 😀

  9. Love the color and disguising spinach with basil and parm sounds pretty wonderful to me!

  10. Liz — May 13, 2013 @ 9:27 am

    Thanks for the nice recipe for pesto. Have a great week.

  11. Jenny Flake — May 13, 2013 @ 9:36 am

    What a gorgeous pesto!!

  12. Kevin @ Closet Cooking — May 13, 2013 @ 9:44 am

    What an amazing vibrant green colour! Spinach goes really well in pesto!

  13. natalie@thesweetslife — May 13, 2013 @ 9:45 am

    we always have spinach on hand so this is perfect! would love it as a sandwich spread!

  14. Corrine — May 13, 2013 @ 10:07 am

    Love love love this idea! Makes it a little lighter too. Feel like I can almost smell the basil in that photo!

  15. Bev @ Bev Cooks — May 13, 2013 @ 10:20 am

    I’m just gonna open my mouth and let you smear this all in it.

  16. This recipe would taste great with Pesto Straws! They are so good!!! Try making them!

  17. My mom and I just made spinach basil pesto on Saturday! Ours was nut-free today, but we added in cannellini beans for fiber & protein.

    Sometimes when I want my pesto more saucy, I add in a bit of reserved pasta water. Love how versatile pesto is!

  18. Julie @ Table for Two — May 13, 2013 @ 10:40 am

    I love how green it is!! This would be perfect on EVERYTHING. I love pesto!

  19. Marie @ Little Kitchie — May 13, 2013 @ 10:42 am

    I can’t get enough of pesto this time of year! Just made 2 different varieties last night! This is absolutely gorgeous – that color!

  20. marla — May 13, 2013 @ 10:59 am

    Love spinach pesto ~ such a nice twist on the classic recipe.

  21. Heather Christo — May 13, 2013 @ 11:00 am

    love that vibrant color and I am sure it is wonderful on just about everything!

  22. Megan {Country Cleaver} — May 13, 2013 @ 11:28 am

    Pesto is always a must-have in the kitchen! I am growing oodles of spinach and basil in my little apartment garden this year! I put it into little mini-muffin tins and freeze it to make sure I can have it even in the winter :)

  23. I need to action this pesto immediately! It would spruce up any weeknight meal in 2.2 seconds!

  24. My husband isn’t really into nuts much so the pesto nut taste has always been off putting to him. But this recipe might just do the trick. Thanks!

  25. Cookbook Queen — May 13, 2013 @ 11:39 am

    Apparently this is Food Allergy Awareness Week, so this is perfect timing!! It’s gorgeous — love the pretty green color :)

    • Two Peas replied: — May 13th, 2013 @ 2:52 pm

      Really? Thanks for letting me know! Glad I timed it right:)

  26. Alexis @ Hummusapien — May 13, 2013 @ 11:52 am

    What a fabulous nut-free version! I can’t get over that bright green color. I love the addition of spinach for an extra veggie punch!

  27. Laura (Tutti Dolci) — May 13, 2013 @ 12:07 pm

    I love your blend of spinach and basil, it gives the pesto such a brilliant color!

  28. marcie@flavorthemoments — May 13, 2013 @ 12:07 pm

    Pesto is one of my favorite things on the planet. This is a great way to get extra vitamins, too!

  29. Missy — May 13, 2013 @ 12:18 pm

    This may be the easiest pesto I’ll ever make. Thanks, Maria!

  30. Mia — May 13, 2013 @ 12:29 pm

    I pretty much never use pesto because I have nut allergies. I don’t even really know HOW to use pesto – but I’m excited to see what you’re doing with it this week. Thanks!!!

  31. Annie @ Annie's Noms — May 13, 2013 @ 12:40 pm

    Woo finally! Thanks so much for a nut free version, I’ve wanted to try pesto for ages, but I haven’t been able to as I’m allergic to nuts!

  32. Beth E. — May 13, 2013 @ 12:50 pm

    I have a teen with a tree nut allergy, but I love pesto. This sounds like a great alternative for all of us. Thanks for sharing!

    • Two Peas replied: — May 13th, 2013 @ 2:52 pm

      You are welcome! Enjoy!

  33. I’ve never seen a prettier pesto. :) I must make it!

  34. Kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts — May 13, 2013 @ 2:07 pm

    This pesto looks so divine! My CSA farm share frequently floods my kitchen with spinach, and I thought I’d become talented at all the different places I can stuff spinach into (my favorites are pizza dough and smoothies), but I’ve never considered making a spinach pesto. I bet a spinach pizza crust, topped with spinach pesto sauce, would be an excellent combo.


  35. Chels R — May 13, 2013 @ 4:26 pm

    I’m going to have to make this. I’ve always shied away from making my own pesto because the pine nuts are so expensive. I never even thought about making pesto with it!

  36. How awesome that this is nut-free! I can see myself slathering it all over grilled meats and mixing it into salads as a dressing. Love it!

  37. Larry Webster — May 13, 2013 @ 7:39 pm

    I use sunflower seeds in my pesto because my nephews have nut allergies. They work great…if you as me! No one has figured it out so far!

  38. Marian (Sweetopia) — May 13, 2013 @ 7:46 pm

    Gorgeous green color! I think I need this recipe for the upcoming bathing suit season. 😉

  39. I love basil spinach pesto! I put it on EVERYTHING

  40. Love-love-love spinach pesto! This looks incredible, Maria!!!!

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