Parsley Pesto Sauce

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This nut free parsley pesto sauce is great for adding to pasta or risotto.

Remember to wash your hands thoroughly!

Serves: 2


  • Handful fresh rocket, basil or parsley leaves
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 25g parmesan cheese - grated

You will also need:

  • An apron
  • A chopping board
  • A sharp knife (to use with an adult)
  • A large plastic bowl
  • A plastic lemon squeezer
  • A lemon grater
  • A tablespoon
  • A pair of children's scissors
  • A garlic crusher


  1. Peel garlic clove and crush in garlic crusher into the bowl.
  2. Wash and finely snip herb leaves with scissors and add to the garlic.
  3. Grate the rind of the lemon into the bowl.
  4. Cut the lemon in half with a sharp knife. Squeeze half of the lemon on a lemon squeezer to make as much juice as you can.
  5. Add all these ingredients with the parmesan cheese and olive oil into the bowl and mix thoroughly together.
(Or if you prefer, place all of the ingredients into a blender with the help of an adult) This pesto is really useful and can be stirred through cooked pasta or risotto. You can even use it as a dip with carrot or cucumber batons :)  Parents – If you try this recipe with your child, I’d love to hear from you. Tweet me a photo, share it on the Handy Herbs Facebook page or pin it to your recipe board! sign      
The freerange family
 Toddler Approved Tuesday
Ethan & Evelyn
Free From Farmhouse

18 thoughts on “Parsley Pesto Sauce

  1. Is kids recipe looks so easy to make. Ethan had a look at this and he wanted to mkar it too! I think we’ll give it a go soon! Thank you again for linking up with me. #FabFridayPost xx

  2. Pesto is like J’s kryptonite – nuts, garlic and dairy! – so it’s good to see a nut free version. I need to experiment to see if I can make it taste ok without the other things too. Thinking of using sunflower seeds, spinach and sundried tomatoes. #freefromfridays

  3. I love pesto! 🙂 T will eat it but with quite a lot of encouragement, so I’m wondering if this lighter version will appeal to him more. Thanks so much for linking up to #toddlerapprovedtuesday x

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