Create a Pesto Challenge

Monthly Challenge5

August is almost here, and as promised I’m bringing back the monthly challenge.  I thought I would go with a pretty easy one this month, and definitely one that doesn’t use the oven.  Pesto is naturally gluten-free so you don’t have to worry about any substitutions.

Traditional pesto includes basil, garlic, pine nuts, olive oil, salt & pepper, and Parmesan, but many other types of pesto can be made.   It is also traditionally served with pasta, but if you have other ways of eating it, I’d love to hear about it.
 The ingredients to make a Pesto - pecorino che...

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Here are a few of the basic parts of pesto with some non-traditional suggestions.  You could also try different hard cheeses, but if you are dairy free, cheese can be omitted. Nuts can also be omitted if necessary.  Olive oil and garlic are essential parts of a pesto, but if you want to experiment with those too, go right ahead.
Something Green (or Red)
  • Parsley Pesto being processed.
  • Mint
  • Cilantro
  • Broccoli
  • Arugula
  • Asparagus
  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes


  • Walnuts
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  • Macadamia nuts
  • Hazlenuts
  • Cashews
  • Almonds


  • Crushed red pepper
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Cinnamon

A food processor works best for making pesto, but a blender can work too.  Place everything but the olive oil in the processor and process until finely chopped.  Keep the processor running and slowly add the oil until well blended.

The Challenge:  Create a pesto (with old or new ingredients), write about it, then link to your post as part of Gluten-Free Wednesdays.  If you don’t have a blog, feel free to email your recipe to me.

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About Linda Etherton

Linda has been gluten free since 2000 when I was diagnosed with celiac disease which propelled me into the world of gluten-free cooking and baking. I am convinced that gluten-free food can and should be delicious, and I never apologize for serving it.
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  1. Perfect challenge for this month, I love creating new pestos!

  2. Kim - Cook It Allergy Free says:

    Love this one! I just came up with one the other day! Perfect timing. Count me in, my dear!! ;0)

  3. gfe--gluten free easily says:

    What a wonderful challenge idea, Linda! I'm putting my "thinking cap" on now … hmmmm.


  4. Aubree Cherie says:

    I've never made a pesto before… so if I have time to come up with something, it'll definitely be a big challenge for me!

    ~Aubree Cherie

  5. Priscilla says:

    Count me in! I would love to make a spicy pesto for my chicken tacos. :)

    This is a whole month right? Glad because I need to wait until payday for my plans.

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