Homeamde Pistou Pasta

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This Homemade Pistou Pasta recipe is made with fresh herbs, garlic, lemon juice, and olive oil. A little salt and pepper, for good measure, and you’ve got one deliciously simple-yet-fancy-tasting dinner recipe on your hands! {Vegan + Gluten-Free}



For the pistou sauce:

  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chives, roughly chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, sliced into slivers
  • Juice of one lemon (about 2 tablespoons)
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste

For the gluten-free spaghetti:

  • 1 box gluten-free spaghetti
  • Pinch or two of sea salt, optional
  • Dollop of olive oil, optional


  1. In a high speed blender, combine the olive oil, sea salt, black pepper, lemon juice, garlic cloves, parsley, basil, and chives. Blend until mixed but not completely puréed. Set aside.
  2. In a large rondeau pot prepare gluten-free spaghetti according to package instructions. I like to add sea salt and olive oil to the water before I add the pasta. Once the spaghetti is cooked through, drain it, reserving about 1/2 cup pasta water, and set the spaghetti aside. Then add the pistou sauce to the rondeau pot and cook it on a MEDIUM to HIGH heat for about 1-2 minutes. Reduce heat and then add the spaghetti to the rondeau pot. Stir the spaghetti and pistou sauce together until the pasta is evenly coated. If too much liquid evaporates, add 2 tablespoons to 1/4 cup pasta water to the rondeau pot. If more liquid is needed, then add the remaining pasta water. If it’s not needed, then discard.
  3. Transfer the Homemade Pistou Pasta to a serving bowl or individual plates and ENJOY! Refrigerate leftovers and consume within 24 hours.


  • For a thicker pistou sauce, prepare it a day in advance and refrigerate it until you need it. The sauce will thicken during the process. Alternatively, you can reduce the amount of olive oil used. Start with 6-8 tablespoons instead, and see how you like that consistency.
  • In place of a high speed blender, you can also use a mortar and pestle, which is the more traditional way to prepare the sauce.
  • Feel free to sub other gluten-free pastas in place of spaghetti, if desired.