Quick Gluten-Free Pesto Pasta Recipe {Clean Eating}

Quick Gluten-Free Pesto Pasta Recipe

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This gluten-free pesto pasta recipe is a healthy twist of one of your favorite comfort foods and is so quick to make but full of flavor. {Clean Eating}



For the Pesto

  • 1/3 cup walnuts
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 1 cup fresh basil
  • 2 Tbsp garlic (23 cloves)
  • 1/3 cup shredded pecorino romano
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Pasta

  • 12 ounces gluten-free pasta of choice (I used brown rice pasta *)
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
  • 3 Tbsp walnuts, chopped
  • Basil and shredded pecorino romano cheese for garnish

For Serving

  • 1 cup cooked chicken, optional


  1. Combine all of the pesto ingredients together in a food processor and process until desired consistency is reached – add water, 1 Tbsp at a time if thinner pesto is desired.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  3. Mix together fresh pesto, warm pasta, and tomatoes until well combined
  4. Top with shredded cheese, chopped walnuts, fresh basil and chicken, if desired.


Parmesan cheese can be substituted for pecorino romano – or the cheese can be left out completely

Keywords: Pesto, Gluten-Free Pasta, Quick, Pesto Pasta