Allergen Free Gluten Free Pasta with Roast Cherry Tomatoes Grilled Chicken and Nut Free Pesto


Allergen-free, Gluten-Free Pasta with Roast Cherry Tomatoes, Grilled Chicken, and Nut-Free Pesto

Summer is the season for tomatoes and basil!  But with pesto usually off-limits for people with food allergies — it traditionally contains tree nuts and dairy — I set about creating an allergen-free version of the original.  The sweet and tangy roast cherry tomatoes are the perfect compliment to the earthy flavor of the basil, and the smokiness of the grilled chicken.  As an added bonus, I’ve used hemp seeds in place of the traditional pine nuts or walnuts, boosting protein and omega 3 essential fatty acids.   Upon tasting this recipe, my son Monte asked, “Can I have this for lunch tomorrow too?”  There is no greater compliment.



  • 1/3 cup shelled hemp seeds (Manitoba Harvest hemp seeds are allergen-free)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 cup tightly packed fresh basil
  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup gluten-free bread-crumbs (I like Hol-Grain for this recipe, they’re very fine and made from rice)

Roasted Tomatoes:

  • 1 lb. cherry tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and fresh ground pepper

Grilled Chicken:

  • 1 lb. chicken breast (if you’re short on time, buy it pre-grilled)
  • extra virgin olive oil for drizzling
  • salt and fresh ground pepper
  • 1 lb. rice or corn-quinoa penne or spirals or shells
  • 6-8 large basil leaves to garnish


Place hemp seeds in food processor and grind to a fine meal. Add garlic and puree. Add basil, and blend till finely chopped. Pour in extra virgin olive oil, a little at a time, till pesto is nice and smooth.  Add salt and gluten-free bread crumbs.  Combine thoroughly and set aside. (This can be made in advance. Makes 1 heaping cup.)

Preheat oven to 425°F. Cover a baking tray with aluminum foil,  scatter tomatoes on it, drizzle with 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and toss till all the tomatoes are coated.

Roast until tomatoes collapse in on themselves, about 30 minutes (it will be less if the tomatoes are really tiny).

Put water on to boil, and cook pasta according to instructions on packet.

Pound the chicken breast between two sheets of parchment paper with a meat mallet  till it is 1/2-inch thick. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and grill over high heat about 3 minutes per side.  Dice into 1-inch peices.

Drain pasta and toss with olive oil to coat in a large pasta bowl.  Add the pesto and chicken. Toss. Add the roasted tomatoes and gently toss one more time. Scatter 6-8 basil leaves over top. MAKES 8 SERVINGS

Allergen-Free, Gluten-Free Pasta with Roast Cherry Tomatoes, Grilled Chicken, and Nut-Free Pesto © 2010 by Cybele Pascal

(Please note that all my recipes are completely free of all top allergens (wheat, dairy, soy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, sesame, fish, shellfish, and gluten), so as many people as possible can enjoy them. Additionally, all the ingredients are available at Whole Foods, and online at If you have trouble finding something, let me know and I’ll help you find it.)

SAFETY NOTE: Because each person’s food sensitivity and reaction is unique, ranging from mild intolerance to life-threatening and severe food allergies, it is up to the consumer to monitor ingredients and manufacturing conditions. If manufacturing conditions, potential cross contact between foods, and ingredient derivatives pose a risk for you, please re-read all food labels and call the manufacturer to confirm potential allergen concerns before consumption. Ingredients and manufacturing practices can change overnight and without warning.

25 Responses

  1. Susan Willea says:

    Cybele’s PASTA recipes are really tasty and easy to put together!

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  3. Mandie says:

    Looks delicious! Thanks so much. It’s been YEARS since I’ve been able to have a ‘Pesto’ meal because I’ve always known that the majority of Pesto is created with Pine Nuts and since I’m deathly allergic to Pine Nuts I can’t wait to try this out. It looks very light, healthy and delicious… This year I plan on purchasing all of your books. Who would have thought to use Basil as a form of cream sauce to make Pesto! Again Cybele thanks for this wonderful recipe and I can’t wait to try it out.

    Mandie Laforet

  4. Susan Eve Jacobs Corria says:

    sounds like a great summer dish, can’t wait to try it (minus the chicken).Being a vegetarian…Always important another way to get protein from other things then meat!

  5. Dani Burker says:

    This looks fanstastic Cybele! I should try to make it for my dad who loves eating pasta!

  6. admin says:

    Ah Ha, it looks like I’ve fixed the block on comments!

    Thanks so much for your feedback. FOr those who are vegetarian, if you can eat soy, this would be wonderful with grilled Tempeh, or just omit the chicken altogether! White Beans would also be a nice vegetarian addition.

  7. Sarah E Meehan says:

    This looks AWSOME, Cybele 🙂

  8. Mandie says:

    I’ve yet to try the Tempeh yet only because I wouldn’t know how to cook it so my soy based products are MorningStar Farms meatless meat crumbles, and what I like to call ‘Chicken, but not chicken’ I don’t know what other name they call it. How would you prepare Tempeh other then grilling it?

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  11. Katie says:

    Thanks so much for your great recipes. Have recently gone gluten free, and I thought it would be a nightmare, but finding great sites like yours from which to get recipes has made it much easier!

  12. Love the idea of using hemp seeds in pesto. A much better omega 3 to omega 6 ratio in your pesto.

    • cybele pascal says:

      Yes, the hemp seeds have a great omega 3 to omega 6 ratio. I am very into hemp right now! And in addition to their nutritious profile, they really work well in place of walnuts (to which I and my son Lennon are both allergic), and are very yummy!

  13. Michele Smith says:

    Nut-free pesto? We’ll have to try that. Sounds and looks delicious! Thanks, Cybele. : )

  14. Laurel says:

    Looks delicious. I’ll have to try this next time I make chicken salad. I had just made one this weekend using chicken, fresh green beans, red onions, green olives, fresh ginger and caesar flavored mayo from your wonderful recipe. I didn’t even have to add salt and pepper. I just chunked it all in the food processor and presto instant chicken caesar dressing. Thank you Cybele.

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  16. Lori T. says:

    All I can say is “YUM”!!! I made this last night for dinner and it was ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS and sooooo easy to make. And like Monte, I couldn’t wait to run home today and have it for lunch…keep the amazing recipes coming, Cybele! I am thoroughly enjoying making your recipes (I do have both your cookbooks).
    Cheers! 🙂

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  19. luisa di criscio says:

    Hi my grandson has allergies to milk, eggs and wheat just wanted to know if you would have a recipe for home made pasta.


  20. Dear Luisa:

    Tomorrow I’ll be posting a recipe by Gluten-free Girl for homemade GF pasta, but it’s not egg-free. I am, however, going to work on an egg-free adaptation of her recipe for the following post. So stay posted, so to speak!

    Kind regards,


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  23. amber says:

    Hi There Cybele,

    Just a note to let you know I shared your awesome recipe on my monthly recipe round-up highlighting festive, healthy backyard BBQ dishes. If you get a chance, come on over and check out the other inspiring recipes!

    Be Well,

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