Carrot & Hazelnut Pesto

Sweet carrots, savory hazelnuts, and tangy cheese combine together to create an amazing tasting raw pesto. Since there isn’t much moisture in this ‘sauce’ it’s hard for it to cling to noodles – that’s why using a shell-shaped pasta is the best since it allows the pesto to get into every shell, ensuring you get some in every bite.


Place everything but the oil in the food processor and pulse until medium-coarsely chopped.RawCarrotPesto2

Once chopped to this consistency, turn machine on low and pour in oil. You don’t want to turn the mixture into a creamy paste, you still want each of the ingredients’ textures to be visible. So just process until mixture is finely chopped.RawCarrotPesto3

Season to taste with salt and pepper, then toss with a shell-shaped gluten free pasta (that’s the best for ‘capturing’ the pesto).RawCarrotPesto4

Carrot & Hazelnut Pesto
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Serves: 6
  • 6 carrots (8oz), peeled & chopped
  • ½ cup hazelnuts, peel & toasted
  • 1 garlic clove
  • ½ cup Parmesan, grated (2oz)
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 lb GF shell pasta
  1. For the best method to prepare the hazelnuts, see How to Peel Hazelnuts.
  2. Combine the carrots, nuts, garlic, and cheese into a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped.
  3. With the motor running on low, drizzle in the oil until mixture comes together and is very finely chopped (do not over-process into a paste, you still want each ingredient identifiable). Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Toss cooked pasta with pesto, adding a bit more olive oil if you like to loosen the pesto (or you can save some pasta water and use that to thin the pesto).





  1. I confess, although I love basil, I have never enjoyed it in pesto. BUT this recipe sounds fabulous, all ingredients I love ! I will try it today ! Thank-you.
    I also want to wish you all a vey Happy, Healthy, Gluten Free New Year !! Thank-you for always sending exceptional recipes – you have made a big difference in my family !

  2. Pecans, pine nuts, or any nut you like will work. If you want to avoid nuts altogether you could always try hemp hearts for a similar texture.

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