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Pepper Core & Basil Pesto (GF, vegan)

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  • Easy
  • Serves 2-10
  • Prep: 2 min
  • Time: 5 min
  • Easy
  • Serves 2-10
Pesto in a bowl with basil garnish and side of bread

This nut-free and vegan pesto makes a delicious alternative to some of the more allergenic alternatives, plus it can be a wonderful option for helping to reduce food waste. The vibrant flavour and wonderful texture make it super versatile and meaning it can work well as a garnish or the centre piece of many dishes. Rich in healthy fats and protein, it will also help to boost the macronutrient content of any dish it’s party to.


  • 3 pepper cores, stalks removed
  • 20g fresh basil, stalks included
  • 50ml of extra virgin olive oil
  • Herbamare Spicy to season

What is the herb basil good for?

What is the herb basil good for? Find out more in Emma's blog.

How to make Pepper Core & Basil Pesto

1. To prep your pepper core simply remove the whole pepper core, seeds intact, and simply discard the green stalk only.

2. Next, add all your ingredients into a blender and blitz. Add some extra olive oil, if need be, until you reach your desired consistency.

This recipe is full of goodness

  • Packed with vitamins & minerals
  • Source of healthy fats
  • Good source of protein

This recipe combines pepper cores which are often discarded, together with fresh basil leaves and extra virgin olive oil, helping to up the antioxidant healthy fat content, making for a healthy, balanced flavouring for some of your favourite dishes. It works fabulously as a dipping sauce or can be mixed through salads, rice, pasta and more!

Emma is a qualified nutritionist. She is passionate about all things food, and loves to share her knowledge of her experiences in the kitchen with exciting new recipes, plus, exploring how these healthy habits can translate into helping us feel better!


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