Growing up I always LOVED my aunt's pesto recipe. I used to be able to tolerate the accidental nut or two when I was younger so it wasn't until I was a bit older that I realized I'm allergic to pine nuts and I can't have traditional style pesto!! Lucky for me, pine nuts aren't the real flavor hero of the recipe unlike the crucial and potent garlic and basil components...so it's very easy to omit the pine nuts and still end up with something that tastes very similar to pesto!
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Creamy, spicy and tangy!! This sauce is so so so good!! The best part about it is that it can be paired with literally any type of protein. I've made it with grilled chicken, scallops, mushrooms and also just by itself!
For a more texture filled sauce, use crushed tomatoes and add diced onion in addition to the tomato paste! And since there's always a handful of people that ask - I haven't tried to make it dairy-free yet but if I did, I would try using unsweetened coconut cream in place of the heavy cream!
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