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IC Friendly Pesto Sauce
IC Friendly Pesto Sauce
IC Friendly Pesto Sauce
IC Friendly Pesto Sauce
IC Friendly Pesto Sauce
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Main Ingredients Herbs and Spices
Course Sauces and Dressings
Difficulty Easy
IC Diet Scale Bladder Friendly
Keys To Success Make it ahead of time and separate into small freezer bags.
Freeze for up to six months.

We always have this IC Friendly Pesto Sauce on hand. It's great on pizza, pasta and even lasagna. Make it ahead of time and you'll always be able to put together a quick and delicious lunch or dinner.

We use this Pesto Sauce in several of our IC Friendly recipes.   Great as a pizza sauce, pasta sauce and more!  I make it in big batches because it will store in the freezer for up to six months.  Whenever I need some, it quickly thaws out and is ready to use in just a few minutes.

This is one sauce you'll want to have on hand at all times.  When you just want a quick lunch or dinner, use this sauce to make our IC Friendly Sourdough Bread Pesto Pizza.


4 cups fresh basil leaves (about 2 large bunches) NEED NOT DRY THEM

1/3 cup packed fresh chopped parsley need not dry them

1/2 cup olive oil (or try using garlic infused olive oil if you are slightly bothered by fresh garlic and omit garlic cloves below)

5 garlic cloves (optional)

1/3 cup lightly toasted pine nuts

1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

1 1/2 teaspoons pink rock salt

1/2 teaspoons Lemon Oil or extract

1/4 teaspoon lemon zest

3-4 tbsp melted butter optional

Tiny pinch nutmeg

Small amountt of water

Toasting The Pine Nuts:

  • Place the pine nuts in a roasting pan in a single layer.
  • Place in a 400-degree oven and toss several times until nuts are light golden brown, about five to six minutes.


  • Combine first all ingredients except cheese in blender and blend until a paste forms.  You'll probably has to stop often to push the basil down to the bottom.
  • Add cheeses and blend until smooth
  • Salt to taste
  • Separate into small freezer bags as it freezes well for up to 6 months.

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Keep It On Hand For Quick Meals

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March 10, 2010
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Last updated: March 10, 2010
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
When we first started dealing with the challenges of living with Interstitial Cystitis, meal time was a real chore. We stopped eating out and stopped buying processed foods. Our food choices were so limited in the beginning that we lived on brown rice and pink eyed peas.

One day, we got the idea to make big batches of this pesto so we could freeze it and make quick meals whenever needed. Our favorite quick meal involved putting this pesto on some San Francisco sour dough bread, covered with feta or fresh mozzarella, some green bell peppers and oil cured olives. Throw that puppy in the toaster oven and you have yourself and quick and tasty "pesto pizza".

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