Basil Pesto Recipe

Homemade Basil Pesto Recipe

One of the hardest adjustments for me when adapting to our grain-free lifestyle was finding substitutes for the classic foods my Italian husband loves. Pasta was, of course, at the top of his list, so after much trial, I was finally able to make some healthy alternatives that taste even better.

While the pesto available in stores are not terrible, it is hard to find one that doesn’t contain hydrogenated oils or grain fillers. Thankfully, Basil is one of the easiest herbs to grow. I don’t have a green thumb, but even I can’t seem to kill it. In fact, one summer, we had 3 foot tall basil plants take over the garden.

We made big batches of this when the basil was ready for harvest and froze it to use all year! I found that I actually prefer this, since the pesto was ready to go whenever we needed it.

New to Pesto?

Pesto can be used on spaghetti squash “pasta”, on top of meatloaf, in stir-fry or casseroles for flavor or with any Italian themed dish. It is also delicious on omelets, biscuits, or grain free bread.

It is also great on Paleo Cupboard grain free pasta noodles (pictured above).

Homemade Basil Pesto



Yield 8 +


  • 2 cups fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic


  1. Put all ingredients in blender, except oil.
  2. Turn blender on and slowly add oil until desired consistency.
  3. Use right away or freeze for up to 9 months.


Store in an air tight container for up to 2 weeks in the fridge and months in the fridge.

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  1. This sounds amazing! What kind of containers do you freeze it in?

    • I actually like freezing in ice cube trays and then dumping out into bags once frozen to keep in individual size portions..

  2. Don’t forget potato gnocchi! The first time I had pesto, it was served with gnocchi in a little restaurant in Liguria. That first bite began a life long obsession.

  3. Why don’t you use pinenuts, just curious?

  4. Is it two cups of packed basil or loose? Just leaves or stem as well?

  5. Just a tip. If you use wild garlic mustard rather than basil, the pesto will not brown. Bonus…the root of the wild garlic mustard plant is a wild horseradish.

    • It also doesn’t brown when topped with olive oil and it will stay in the refrigerator for several months. Just used some from last year for bruschetta.Spread the pesto on baguette rounds, top with tomato bruschetta and Feta cheese. Homemade bruschetta was made with chopped tomatoes, garlic, chopped basil and olive oil. Served at a coctail party and got lots of compliments.

  6. Store in an air tight container for up to 2 weeks in the fridge and ” ” months in the fridge. You left out the 9.