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Oil-Free Pistachio, Spinach & Basil Pesto

Anyone that knows me will know I have a deep love for pesto. I probably eat it way too much but with this oil free pesto that’s healthy like this recipe, I have no regrets.

Pesto pasta is of course a favourite (with sweet corn and chilli, mmm) but pesto is so versatile. It’s great on on cheesy toast, in mash potato, on pizza, in salads. In fact I think I may write a blog post on my favourite foods with pesto.

Anyway, this pesto is garlicky, creamy and SO easy to make. It taste so much fresher than store bought pesto so I promise washing the nutri bullet after will be worth it.

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oil free vegan pesto pasta

Oil-Free Pistachio, Spinach and Basil Pesto

Yield: 1 cup
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Garlicky, zesty, creamy pesto made with pistachios, spinach and basil. Guilt free with no oil, and ready in 5 minutes. Add it to pasta, pizza, salads.


  • 2 cups tightly packed fresh spinach
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed basil
  • 1/4 cup pistachios
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 4 tbsp water
  • Salt and pepper


Peel the garlic and add to the blender with all the other ingredients. Blitz until smooth, you may need to scrape the sides down half way through.


Best used straight away, but will keep in the fridge in an air tight container for 3-5 days.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 108Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 240mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 3gSugar: 2gProtein: 5g

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oil free vegan pesto pasta

Brittany Hoxworth

Tuesday 4th of February 2020

Would this taste good with kale instead of spinach?


Tuesday 4th of February 2020

Hi Brittany - yes I'm sure it would! I haven't tried it but I imagine it would still be delicious! Tamsin xo

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Saturday 6th of January 2018

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Monday 1st of January 2018

Tamsin!! You hit it out of the ballpark with this one. The ingredients are so clean and the recipe is so easy to make. I might be having pesto much more frequently now. ;)


Monday 1st of January 2018

Thank you so much Jen! I eat pesto allll the time, so a healthy version is required! and I looove pistachios! Xo

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