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3 Minute Nut-Free Spinach Basil Pesto

This nut-free, Spinach Basil Pesto is not only good for your tastebuds, it’s good for your wallet as well. You can have a tasty sauce for your proteins, veggies, and pasta in less than 3 minutes!

A spoon scooping Nut-Free Spinach Basil Pesto with basil leaves, lemon, and parmesan cheese on the side.

I love love love pesto dishes, but why did no one tell me how expensive pine nuts are?? The classic pesto recipe is made with pine nuts, basil, and parmesan. Where I am, pine nuts in bulk go for $20+ a pound… that is ridiculous.

So I looked at my fridge and saw this beautiful bundle of green spinach, and inspiration struck. A little magic in the blender, and voila: nut-free spinach basil pesto was born!


  • Spinach Leaves – Instead of pine nuts, we’re going to use spinach as the base of our pesto. It adds such a lovely, bright green color and tons of nutrients!
  • Basil – Basil is a key part of pesto. You can use fresh basil leaves, or basil paste if you have that.
  • Olive Oil – Grab a quality olive oil to go in this recipe.
  • Garlic– A bit of garlic cloves (or a lot, I won’t judge), lends a great flavor to the pesto.
  • Lemon Juice – Lemon juice adds acidity and brightness to your sauce.
  • Parmesan Cheese – Parmesan gives sauces some saltiness and a bit of creaminess. However, if you’re dairy-free, feel free to leave it out.

How to Make Nut-Free Pesto

It couldn’t be easier to make pesto at home! Using a food processor or a good blender, you don’t even need to chop any garlic or veggies.

  1. Add all of the recipe ingredients to a food processor.
  2. Blend until fully combined. Taste, and adjust any seasonings to your preference.
  3. If it’s too thick for your liking, add a touch of water and blend until it’s your desired consistency. That’s literally it!

This is a great sauce for those watching their calorie intake, as nuts are very calorie dense. Store in the fridge for up to two weeks.

A glass bowl containing Nut-Free Spinach Basil Pesto with basil leaves, lemon, and parmesan cheese.

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A spoon scooping Nut-Free Spinach Basil Pesto with basil leaves, lemon, and parmesan cheese on the side.

3 Minute Nut-Free Spinach Basil Pesto

Shani W.
Whip up this tasty spinach-basil pesto to use in pasta, on chicken, as a pizza sauce… It's nut-free for an allergen-friendly dressing, and the possibilities are really endless!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 3 minutes
Course Lunch
Servings 10 oz. jar


  • 2 cups basil leaves or 1 tbsp. basil paste
  • 4 cups spinach leaves
  • cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 ct. garlic cloves
  • 3 tbsp. lemon juice
  • ¼ cup shredded parmesan
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. red pepper flakes


  • Add all ingredients to a food processor or blender.
  • Pulse/blend until smooth. If it's too thick, add a bit of water at a time until your desired consistency. Enjoy!


*For about $4, I bought a basil plant that grows so well in my apartment. I included the cost of basil in case you don’t have one, but if you use herbs a lot, definitely look into growing your own!
Keyword Nut Free Pesto, Nut-Free, One-Bowl, Sauces, Spinach Basil Pesto

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A glass bowl containing Nut-Free Spinach Basil Pesto.

The Coined Breakdown

  • Total Cost per serving: $0.92
  • Total Cost (about 10 oz.): $4.61
  • Those Other Guys: $6.99 per 10 oz.


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