Nightshade Free Basil Pesto Recipe | Smart Psoriasis Diet

Nightshade Free Basil Pesto Recipe

This nightshade free basil pesto recipe is the perfect option when you want to have a quick and tasty gluten free  pasta dish. You can use either brown rice pasta or else corn pasta if you do not have any reactions to corn.

It can be common for people with immune disorders to have some negative reaction to corn as it is high on the food inflammation scale.

Try it out and see if you notice any reaction. If you don’t, then lucky you, as there are loads of corn based recipes you can have that tick all the right gluten free boxes.

Basil Pesto Recipe

Nightshade Free Basil Pesto Recipe
Prep time
10 mins
Total time
10 mins
Tips for making pesto: Try blending less and making it chunky, like the picture, for a more rustic pesto. To make pesto sauce – blend 1 cup pesto with  ½ to 1 cup of broth. This is great on rice pasta, but also wonderful on meats and especially fish… my favorite is pesto salmon. Sally also recommends it on corn-on-the-cob! You can also make this recipe using cilantro instead of basil. This recipe freezes well. If I freeze I add maybe a ½ teaspoon of citric acid (used in cheese making) to each ½ cup of pesto. If you don’t do this it will look fine while sealed but when you open it, the pesto will oxidize and turn dark green. We have still eaten it this way and it’s fine but more pleasing with the original green color.
  • 2 cups packed fresh basil leaves, washed and dried
  • 2-4 cloves garlic, peeled
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ cup crispy pine nuts
  • ¼ cup good quality grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¼-1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  1. Place basil leaves in food processor. Pulse until well chopped.
  2. Add garlic, salt, pine nuts and cheese and blend well.
  3. Using attachment for adding liquids drop by drop, and with motor running, add olive oil to form a thick paste.
  4. Pesto will keep several days, well sealed, in refrigerator; or it may be frozen.


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