Recipe: Basil Pesto (Dairy Free)

Basil pesto pasta is a quick, easy dinner. Especially when hubs leaves for a work trip on Sunday morning. Plus, my garden has enough basil leaves for an end-of-the-season homemade basil pesto, making this the perfect dinner!

I’m dairy free while I’m nursing #3, so I made this without Parmesan Reggiano cheese. You can easily add it. It changes the taste slightly but it’s delish either way.


•2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed

•1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

•1/3 cup pine nuts or walnuts

•3 garlic cloves, minced

•Salt and freshly ground black pepper


Add basil & nuts to Vitamix or food processor, blend until blended. Add garlic, salt and pepper, and continue to blend. Slowly add EVOO while Vitamix is running on low. Mix until smooth.

Add to pasta, grilled chicken, or top on baguette.


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