This nut free pesto sauce recipe that can be used as a dip, a topping for bread, a sauce for pasta and so much more. It’s absolutely delish! Tastes like summertime. And it can easily be turned into a meatless meal for dinner in no time flat!
Nut Free Pesto Sauce Recipe
I am working on harvesting some of our garden surplus like the herbs that we haven’t used up and we had a ton of basil. I harvested two pounds of basil leaves from the walkways in the garden. Man did I smell good! What to do with all this basil? Make nut free PESTO!
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Nut free pesto
I am allergic to nuts and I don’t know if I will react to pine nuts or not so I wanted to come up with a nut free pesto I could eat too, so I decided to roast up some sunflower seeds to use in place of the pine nuts. I used 1/4 a cup of seeds and toasted them lightly in a skillet.
To use pesto as a pasta sauce, just cook your pasta, top with the desired amount of pesto and mix well. It’s a gorgeous sauce for pasta. It tastes so fresh and nourishing. My kids love this dish.
This pasta sauce freezes great too so you can have fresh pesto pasta all year round. Just put it in a jar, leaving room for it to expand and set it in the freezer.
Nut free pesto can also be used on crostini, as a dip for fresh garlic bread, as a pizza sauce, as a sandwich spread and so much more.
Sunflower pesto sauce
Fresh basil pesto without using walnuts or pine nuts.
- 2 c basil leaves washed and removed from stems
- 1/4 c sunflower seeds
- 1 thai pepper
- 1/4 c grated parmesan cheese
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1/4-1/2 c olive oil
Place sunflower seeds in a pan and toast on medium heat until they smell amazing.
Place in blender with basil, thai pepper, parmesan cheese, and garlic.
Drizzle in olive oil until you get a sauce consistency.
For more information on using herbs from your garden, check this out.
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