Nut-Free Pesto

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 10 min.


1 cup

Updated: Nov. 29, 2023
This pesto recipe was handed down from my grandmother. Nuts were considered a filler in my Italian family, so this recipe does without them and just uses the good stuff! Everyone I serve this to says it's the best. —Mary Jo Galick, Portland, Oregon


  • 2 cups loosely packed basil leaves
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup packed fresh parsley sprigs
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 garlic cloves, halved
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil


  1. Place the first 6 ingredients in a food processor; pulse until coarsely chopped. While processing, gradually add oil in a steady stream until mixture is smooth. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Nutrition Facts

2 tablespoons: 206 calories, 21g fat (6g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 293mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.