Spinach Basil Pesto {Nut-Free}

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Spinach Basil Pesto – A great flavor booster, we keep a jar of this Basil Pesto in our fridge at all times. Learn how to make pesto in 5 minutes! Basil Pesto goes well with just about everything – pasta, salads, vegetables, chicken, fish, potatoes, soups, pasta, even sandwiches.

Homemade Basil pesto in jar

Today, we are sharing a super simple recipe for Spinach Basil Pesto. This nut-free pesto recipe is a summer favorite when the garden basil is out of control. 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, salads, vegetables, chicken, fish, potatoes, soups, gnocchi, and it’s so good on sandwiches. This easy pesto recipe is our all-time favorite!

Embrace the Spinach in this Basil Pesto

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?

Our boys don’t even know this basil pesto is made with spinach and they love it! Plus, spinach is cheaper than buying a ton of basil, so this is a budget friendly pesto too!

How to make pesto - homemade pesto with basil and spinach

How to Make Pesto

Making homemade pesto is easy. Place the ingredients in a food processor or blender, let the machine work its magic and voila-you have a smooth and flavorful basil pesto! The ingredients to this spinach basil pesto couldn’t be any simpler:

  • spinach
  • basil
  • garlic
  • Parmesan cheese
  • lemon juice
  • salt and pepper
  • 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:)

If you need the pesto to be vegan or dairy-free you can leave out the Parmesan cheese, it is still good without it!

Nut free pesto with basil and spinach

Basil Pesto is Versatile!

We keep a jar of Spinach Basil Pesto in our fridge at all times. Again, it has so many uses. I am always incorporating basil 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. Pro tip, freeze the pesto in ice cube trays! A little pesto goes a long way and the little ice cubes of pesto are perfect.

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!

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Easy Spinach Basil Pesto in jar

Spinach Basil Pesto {Nut-Free}

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.
4.84 from 18 votes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Total Time
5 minutes


  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 4 cups packed spinach leaves
  • 2 cups packed basil leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Place the olive oil, 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. Stop and scrape with a spatula and blend again until smooth. Taste and add more salt and pepper, if necessary.
  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!
  3. Note-if you like a thinner pesto you can add a little more olive oil.
Nutrition Facts
Spinach Basil Pesto {Nut-Free}
Amount Per Serving
Calories 138 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 2mg1%
Sodium 207mg9%
Potassium 101mg3%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 1750IU35%
Vitamin C 7mg8%
Calcium 64mg6%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Spinach Basil Pesto - A great flavor booster, we keep a jar of this Basil Pesto in our fridge at all times. Learn how to make pesto in 5 minutes! Basil Pesto goes well with just about everything - pasta, salads, vegetables, chicken, fish, potatoes, soups, pasta, even sandwiches. Visit twopeasandtheirpod.com for more simple, fresh, and family friendly meals. #familyfreshmeals #familyfriendlymeals
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. Visit twopeasandtheirpod.com for more simple, fresh, and family friendly meals. #familyfreshmeals #familyfriendlymeals

Maria Lichty

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. 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. I’m allergic to nuts and this looks awesome! I will have to try this. Thanks so much for this fabulous recipe!

  3. 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!

  4. 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 🙂

    1. The basil was too strong. Added more spinach, doubled the oil, lemon juice, parmesan, and salt and pepper. But it was super delicious!

  5. 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!!!

  6. 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!

  7. Maria,
    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.


  8. 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!

  9. 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!

  10. This was so yummy! My 2 yr old helper and I made this for dinner tonight and also tossed in some spring onions and a few sliced almonds we had kicking around. So delicious!

  11. I made this pesto last night – so easy, and fantastic flavor! Can’t wait to use it on dinner tonight! Thanks, Maria. Looking forward to meeting you at BlogHer next week!

  12. I made this recipe and it is FABULOUS. I used a high quality olive oil and OMG it is so good.

    We also made the artichoke pizza and it rivals the product any gourmet pizza shop. It may have been the best pizza I have ever made so far. Seriously good. I will make this pesto recipe again and again.

  13. Is there any non dairy substitute for the parmasean cheese? Would it be okay to leave it out? I can’t eat any dairy but this presto recipe sounds delicious!

  14. Made this the other night and it’s SO GREAT! I added a dollop of Greek yogurt which I definitely don’t regret! Been using this on everything for days, I love it so much!

  15. Ok, so here’s my story. A woman I met at my kiddos swim lessons gives me a ton of basil from her garden. I politely thank her (not knowing what in the world to do with it). She said she makes pesto with it. Ok, so I then go home and google nut-free pesto recipes and up pops your website. All I can say is thank you, thank you, thank you! My husband said it was the best he has ever tasted, my seven year old son ate it and LOVED it (and he doesn’t like anything green), and I loved it and felt SO accomplished! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!! I can’t wait to check out your other recipes! God bless you!! 🙂

  16. Thank you for this recipe. I substituted the parmesan for goats cheese, my little one is dairy intolerant, and realised I didn’t have enough spinach, but still turned out perfectly! Do you use the stalks of the basil as well as the leaves?
    Looking forward to trying your zucchini chocolate cupcakes.

  17. We had this for dinner tonight. Amazing! I have two kids with nut allergies
    So this is perfect! We had it with pasta and chicken. Super Yummy! It’s definitely going
    To become a monthly meal staple. I loved putting all that
    spinach in for extra veggie punch.

  18. Superb article. I’m checking out constantly this site for inspired! Useful information and facts precisely one more aspect 🙂 I deal with such info considerably. I used to be trying to find that info for any pretty lengthy moment. Thank you and with good fortune.

  19. Love the use of lemon– basil pesto can turn brown fast …. look forward to making it with spinach too. And allergies to nuts …. pine nuts are not really nuts so people may not be allergic to them as they are regular nuts.

  20. Thanks for sharing this! I made it today and it was a huge hit with my family, even my picky mom! My little sister is allergic to all nuts, so it was great to have a homemade pesto that tastes just like the ones I’ve had at restaurants.

  21. Delicious! We have dairy allergies in our house as well as nut, so we substitute nutritional yeast (such as Bragg) for the pram cheese, and you seriously cannot tell the difference!

  22. So good! I can’t eat normal pesto due to a nut allergy so this was amazing…I finally get to eat pesto all I want! 🙂

  23. I made this and used for a pizza sauce. I used vegan parmesan and vegan cheese on the pizza and it was delicious! Thanks for this great recipe.

  24. This is so good! My daughter and I absolutely love it! Thank you! She has a tree nut allergy so your recipe is so helpful!!!

  25. thanks for this great recipe, I’ve always wanted to try pesto but have a nut allergy. Onto my second batch and I think this will be a staple in my fridge now! thanks again for the recipe!

  26. Thanks for this recipe! My daughter has nut allergies so I was looking for a nut-free pesto. Our whole family loves this. Thanks for brightening up our lunchbox & dinner menus 🙂

  27. I am so glad I found this! I love pesto. I miss pesto! My child is severely allergic to tree nuts (and peanuts). I am making pesto this weekend! Thank you!

  28. What a fantastic “Pesto.” We have a nut-free home due to allergies and Pesto was something I thought I would never taste again. This recipe hit the mark and I much prefer it over pine nut or walnut versions. We had it as a spread for a chicken/tomato/mozz/bacon/avocado sandwich. It was the star of the meal. Those e is a keeper.

  29. This pesto recipe is amazing!! I made it once with pine nuts and without. I even added some fresh mint that I have growing! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  30. Omg thank you!! I’m allergic to all nuts and always looking for but free recipes but haven’t found a pesto one yet. Thank you again!! X

  31. This recipe looks delicious! I’ve always been allergic to nuts, so I’ve never been able to try pesto before (and my best friend is obsessed with it, so she talks about it all the time ) I’m also allergic to dairy, so I was wondering if there was anything I could use to substitute the Parmesan? Thanks!

  32. Great recipe! FYI I used frozen chopped spinach and it seemed to work out fine -I think the texture was thicker but was not an issue (and I added a little extra oil). I really enjoy your recipes so far 🙂 

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  34. Wow! Delicious! I bought a basil plant for another recipe and thought I’d try making pesto with the leftovers but nut-free because I am allergic. This turned out great! I think I may add a little more olive oil upon serving but for now the pesto is in the fridge, flavors melding, and getting even better! I taste tested it with some bread and wow, delish! Thank you!

  35. Wonderful recipe. My daughter is allergic to nuts so I was searching around for alternatives and tried this and it was so so good – winning us all over. Tangy and delicious. YUM!

  36. What do you put the pesto in to freeze? I think I might need to get some small freezer containers. I am at least going to make a small batch.

  37. Hey Maria, first of all, I love the name of your blog – Two peas and their pod 🙂 really make sense. And I love this pesto sauce recipe, as mostly I make pesto sauce with basil and never added spinach and at times it becomes bitter. so I will give a try to this recipe.

  38. This recipe is a life saver! Put it on anything, pasta, sandwich, potato … and you’ll have a delicious dinner in no time. Thanks.

  39. My family said it was the best pesto they’ve ever had. I’ve never used spinach before. I made it exactly as written.

  40. I’ve never left comments for recipes before but I think you deserve it. Making this for the 20th time because my kids love it and ask for it. But the reason why it’s so special is because they are allergic to nuts and also don’t love spinach but this somehow works.  
    Thank you

  41. I tried the Spinach Basil Pesto recipe and my family absolutely LOVED it, it was definitely a WINNER in my house!!!!
    Thanks you

  42. Do you ever use nutritional yeast? We have a nut and dairy allergy in our family and I am just wondering if subbing nutritional yeast for the parmesan would be a one for one sub or less?

  43. I’ve made this recipe probably at least 6 times. I’ve used it on everything from tortellini to chicken and everyone always loves it. They don’t even realize how much spinach is in it XD

  44. Such an easy recipe to follow. My son is allergic to nuts so this recipe was just perfect for us to make so many different things such as pasta and pesto tarts.

  45. I work in a daycare making food for about sixty kids. Nuts are banned from the daycare so finding a great pesto was kind of difficult. every time I make this recipe with pasta, they devour it. it is one of their favourites.
    I omit the parm from the recipe to put on the side so the kids who are lactose intolerant can enjoy it . I am very fortunate to come across this wonderful pesto. Thank you

  46. Just made this this morning with the copious amount of basil my wee container garden is producing. So easy! And really good. I chose this recipe because it didn’t require me to go on a hunt for pine nuts, but think it might become my go-to.

  47. I like pesto but I haven’t been a big fan. This recipe completely changed it. The pesto tastes very fresh and I love the color and consistency. We always have it in the fridge and our family -incl. teenage kids- often make themselves a toast/sandwich with it, or we have it on pasta for a quick dinner. Whichever way – it tastes fabulous!

    I only blend mine briefly so I get a rougher consistency and a tiny bit of crunch to it. But that’s just my preference.

  48. This was my first time ever making pesto and it was absolutely incredible. I ate it over lentil spaghetti with tomatoes and grilled chicken. The only thing missing was some fresh mozzarella!

  49. There’s also a vegan parmesan cheese that you could use if you don’t want to leave the cheese out of the recipe. Sounds delicious.

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