My Cheeseless Pesto

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Kyle M

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Hi friends!

I used to love pesto pasta. It was one of my favorite dishes growing up. But that all changed when I developed a strange phobia of cheese. In short, my older brother and cousins locked me up in a small cupboard with a piece of cheese and ever since then, I haven’t been the same. At parties people always look at me funny when I yell, “Get your cheese plate out of my face!” and I go hide in the nearest bathroom.

Anyways, I made mini penne with a cheese-free pesto for those of you who don’t like cheese and/or suffer from an unusual cheese-fearing condition.


My Cheeseless Pesto

Magic Bullet Parts

  • Magic Bullet tall cup with cross blades


  • 2-3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of pine nuts
  • 1 ½ cups fresh basil leaves, packed
  • Bag of mini penne (or whichever type of pasta you prefer)
  • Pinch of salt


  1. Boil water in a large pot with a healthy pinch of salt.
  2. Cook bag of mini penne in boiling salted water.
  3. On small skillet, toast 2 tablespoons of pine nuts. You don’t need to add oil to skillet because the nuts have their own natural oil.
  4. Toast pine nuts on low heat until golden on both sides.
  5. To tall cup 2 tablespoons of olive oil, add 2-3 cloves of garlic, toasted pine nuts and fill magic bullet with 1 ½ cup of fresh basil leaves with stems removed. *I’d recommend putting in the olive oil in first for a better mixing result.
  6. Blend ingredients. Feel free to add another tablespoon of olive oil and a handful of fresh basil leaves if you want more sauce.
  7. Cook pasta until al dente (9-10 minutes). Drain pasta and then toss it back into the large pot.
  8. Pour pesto onto pesto and stir, stir, stir.


This is a picture of me living my life cheese-free.

When I was younger, my dad would try his very hardest to trick me into eating cheese.  I’d ask my dad, “Is there cheese in this sauce?” He’d be like, “No, don’t be silly, Kyle!” And just as I’d be about to take a bite of the “cheese-free” food, he’d say nonchalantly, “Well, you can hardly taste it.”

I’m happy to say that there is absolutely no cheese in this recipe  so you can stop hiding in the bathroom and take a deep breath. Everything is going to be okay.