Have basil, garlic, parmesan, and pecorino but no pine nuts. What to do?

I like sunflower seeds and pistachios… chopped cashews will work too.


I was wondering about just leaving the nuts out altogether.

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I often do… it’ll be just fine.

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I use walnuts…


Nut allergy kiddo. I never add nuts or seeds.

But sometimes a bit of spinach makes its way in

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Just leave it out, and up the olive oil.

In fact, I think without the pine nuts (or nuts generally) pesto often has a cleaner, more verdant, taste.


Just leave them out. I agree with @ipsedixit that it tastes better without any nuts at all.

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Big fan of hazelnuts and/or walnuts here.

Walnuts or pistachios. Or no nuts.

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I like Walnuts in pesto, but you can leave out the nuts and just up the cheese a bit. Should taste pretty good.

Slivered almonds are a nice replacement.

You have likely made a call by now, but if not, I’d use a lesser amount of almonds (I can taste them otherwise) or hazelnuts or cashews (these are the mildest of all).

You can skip nuts, but the result will have a different taste and texture than pesto.

I ended up using the basil more as a vegetable by chopping it up and putting it in bay scallop risotto. But thanks for all the ideas!


I never have used pinenuts in pesto because of their expense and suspicious origins (China) but I do use walnuts and sometimes pistachios. We have seasonal neighbors who have a catering business in Cambridge, MA who frequently give us food in exchange for watering their garden and keeping an eye on their property their pesto is nut-free and I find it lacking in flavor.

I have used pine nuts from China for years and never had any issues.

I do buy condiments from China, but have never felt comfortable using more than a few teaspoons at a time.

I’m not sure that using less makes any difference.

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Sounds amazing, hope you enjoyed it!

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