Spinach Pesto Recipe without Nuts – Low Carb

Spinach Pesto Recipe without Nuts - Low Carb

If you’re looking for a spinach pesto recipe without nuts, today is your lucky day. This low carb pesto sauce is the perfect way to dress your favorite veggie noodles for a healthy alternative to a pasta dish; personally, I love to whip up a fresh pesto during dinnertime to pair with my protein. Spinach pesto is a delicious topping or stuffing for meat!

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Homemade Spinach Basil Pesto Recipe without Nuts - Low Carb, Keto, Gluten Free

Keto Sauces

You know by now that all of the recipes I develop are geared towards a low carb ketogenic diet. When it comes to keto sauces, store-bought dressings are hit or miss. They’re either loaded with carbs or strange ingredients that seem completely unnecessary. For that reason, I prefer making homemade sauces and condiments. Then I know exactly what I’m eating, and everything tastes way better!

Pesto tends to be one of those things that’s generally keto friendly if you pick it up from the store though. With basil, oil, cheese, and pine nuts as the primary ingredients, it’s usually a safe bet for the keto diet. Finding a spinach pesto without nuts at the store is an entirely different story; I have yet to see one! Homemade pesto seems to be the only way to go in this situation.

Homemade Spinach Pesto - No Nuts, Keto Sauces

Spinach Pesto Recipe without Nuts Recipe

For the spinach pesto recipe, we’ll be using basil, spinach, Parmesan cheese, olive oil, garlic, sea salt, and black pepper.

If you want to use raw spinach, that’s great, but you’ll need to cook it down a little to wilt first before combining the remaining ingredients. I cheated and thawed frozen spinach here.

Parmesan cheese can be substituted with Romano cheese instead if you have that on hand or prefer the flavor.

And finally, the amount of olive oil can be tailored to your preference as well. I enjoy a very thick pesto, and this recipe reflects that. As I said before, I enjoy using it as a stuffing – like in my keto chicken roulade recipe. The thicker pesto holds up well in that type of dish. If you want a thinner, more liquidy pesto, just increase the amount of olive oil used.

Combine everything in a food processor or blender and enjoy!

Basil Spinach Pesto Recipe without Nuts - Stuffing meat with pesto - Keto Sauces, Low Carb

Spinach Pesto Recipe without Nuts - Low Carb

Spinach Pesto Recipe without Nuts

Delicious low carb homemade spinach pesto recipe without nuts!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Course: Condiment, Sauce, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Italian
Special Diet: Gluten-Free, Vegetarian
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 148kcal
Author: Tasha Metcalf


  • 1 1/2 cups basil leaves fresh
  • 1/3 cup spinach frozen & thawed
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese fresh, finely grated
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper ground
  • 1/4 cup olive oil


  • Pulse basil, spinach, Parmesan, garlic, salt, and pepper in a food processor or blender, and slowly drizzle in olive oil. 
  • Pulse and scrape down the sides as needed to ensure all ingredients are thoroughly incorporated. Continuing incorporating olive oil until you reach the desired consistency.


Calories: 148kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 684mg | Potassium: 40mg | Vitamin A: 760IU | Vitamin C: 2.6mg | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 0.5mg
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