Gluten Free Chive Pesto

I had a ton of chives in my herb garden and decided to make chive pesto. It naturally stays bright green, unlike basil pesto. Chive pesto is flavorful and cheesy. The recipe I used that I found online didn’t have much flavor. So, after adjusting it quite a bit and using a substitute ingredient, I am thrilled with result. Use this naturally gluten free chive pesto on crackers, bruschetta (toasted, sliced baguettes), pasta, grilled chicken, and more.

Gluten Free Chive Pesto

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: Makes 1/2 cup thick pesto/4 servings

Gluten Free Chive Pesto

A cheesy and garlicky flavored pesto made from tons of fresh chives.


  • 1-1/4 cups chives, minced
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano (or Parmesan) cheese (or Kraft canister Parmesan)
  • 3 tablespoons superfine blanched almond flour (Bob's Red Mill) (or ground blanched almonds)
  • 1 small clove garlic, shaved
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons white truffle oil (or more extra-virgin olive oil)
  • 1/4+1/8 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1/4 - 3/8 teaspoon salt
  • Gluten free pasta (2 ounces per person) (optional)
  • 1/2 pound chicken breast, cut into bite sizes and fried


  1. Add all of the ingredients to the food processor and puree until creamy. Cover and refrigerate until needed.
  2. If using with pasta, cook the pasta*, drain, and reserve the hot pasta water. Combine equal amounts of chive pesto with an equal amount of pasta water.  (For the two of us, I cooked 4 ounces of penne rigate for 9 to 10 minutes. Then, I drained and reserved the hot pasta water. I added half of the pesto recipe (about 5 tablespoons) to the cooked pasta along with 5 tablespoons of pasta water and tossed. It turned out perfectly tossed with chicken! Then I garnished it with additional grated cheese.)
  3. Otherwise, spread on crackers, toasted sliced baguettes, halved toasted baguettes (similar to garlic bread), or spread on grilled chicken breasts or fish.


*I used Ronzoni Gluten Free Penne Rigate (penne pasta with ridges), which contains white rice, brown rice, corn, and quinoa.

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