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Nut Free Basil Pesto Sauce Recipe

Fresh basil pesto without using walnuts or pine nuts. 

Course Seasoning Mix
Cuisine Italian
Keyword basil pesto, nut free pesto, pesto sauce
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8
Author Christina


  • 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


  1. Place sunflower seeds in a pan and toast on medium heat until they smell amazing. 

  2. Place in blender with basil, thai pepper, parmesan cheese, and garlic.

  3. Blend well.

  4. Drizzle in olive oil until you get a sauce consistency.