Nut-Free Pesto Pasta with Tomatoes

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My Pinterest is made up of thousands of pins, and while about half are recipes, not all are allergy-friendly recipes. I often come to realize that the allergy-friendly recipes I find on Pinterest are very complicated, or use ingredients that I can’t find at the Target across the street, let alone my own pantry and fridge.

So my mission simply becomes to transform the mouth-watering recipes I find on Pinterest that contain allergens, into something safe and delicious that I can eat.

For this recipe, I played around with a couple of different recipes I had found, and through trial and error, came up with this yummy Nut-Free Pesto Pasta with Tomatoes recipe. I have tried different nut-free pesto recipes prior, and never found any that seemed to satisfy – until this recipe. The recipe is also dairy-free, egg-free, and can be made gluten-free if the pasta is substituted with gluten-free pasta. Everyone wins with this one! And yes, this recipe also passed the husband test (who knows what the real stuff tastes like). Enjoy!


Nut-Free Pesto Pasta with Tomatoes


  • 18oz. spaghetti (can be substituted with gluten-free pasta)
  • 4 cups spinach
  • 2 cups basil
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup dairy-free Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/3 cup and 2 T. olive oil
  • 1 small package cherry tomatoes


  1. Bring pot to boil and cook spaghetti according to package instructions.
  2. Meanwhile, use a blender or food processor, and blend spinach, basil, 2 cloves of garlic, dairy-free Parmesan, salt, pepper, and juice from 1/2 of the lemon. Pour 1/3 cup and 1 T. olive oil slowly while blending.
  3. In a small pan, cook tomatoes and last garlic clove (minced) and last T. of olive oil.
  4. Drizzle juice of the other half of lemon over tomatoes when done cooking.
  5. Combine pesto and tomatoes into pasta. Enjoy!
I toasted a piece of sourdough bread with a drizzle of olive oil, garlic salt, and a sprinkle of dairy-free Parmesan cheese to go with my pasta – yum! (And of course, wine).


Caitlin has grown up in Los Angeles acquiring food allergies, a Bachelor's Degree in Child Development, a loving husband, and an amazing job as a Children's Librarian. She enjoys spending time with family, trips to the beach with her husband, Sundays at church, and writing. Having food allergies is a struggle, but Caitlin hopes with more resources available, people can learn to thrive with food allergies.

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