DIY or BUY: Is Homemade Pesto Worth It? Deliciously Ella’s Pesto Pasta

Vegan  –  Dairy Free  –  Gluten Free  –  Refined Sugar Free

homemade pesto



homemade pesto

The ingredients for Deliciously Ella’s homemade pesto are all available in your local supermarket.

For just the pesto:

  • 100g Pine Nuts
  • 200ml Olive oil
  • Handful of Fresh basil
  • 2 Cloves of garlic
  • 3 Lemons

For the whole recipe you also need:

  • Pasta
  • 300g Frozen peas
  • 200g Spinach

Tip : To make this recipe gluten free make sure you use a gluten free pasta – Brown Rice Pasta is a great option!


This  Deliciously Ella homemade pesto recipe only required standard kitchen equipment. As long as you have a good blender or food processor you’ll be just fine!

  • Chopping board
  • Blender
  • Measuring Cups
  • Knife
  • Saucepan
  • Colander
  • Wooden spoon

Tip : Make sure you have a Blender with a strong blade



From start to finish it took us just 25 minutes to make Deliciously Ella’s homemade pesto – this included cooking the pasta, so not bad at all! To make just the pesto it look just over 5 minutes!


We thought that making pesto was going to be a lot of effort – but this recipe was really simple and didn’t take much more effort than opening a shop-bought jar! Our pasta was ready in just four easy peasy steps:

  • Measure the ingredients
  • Blend the pesto ingredients
  • Cook the pasta and peas
  • Stir everything together!

The recipe didn’t need very much equipment and because the pesto ingredients were put straight into a blender, it really didn’t make a lot of mess at all. You can watch us making the recipe in the video at the top of this post to see how we got on!

Tip :  It’s easy to double this recipe and store in tupperware for lunches or freeze for a quick mid week meal!

homemade pesto



When you compare the ingredients of this pesto recipe to a shop bought jar, it’s clear to see that making your own pesto using fresh ingredients is the MUCH healthier option. Shop bought jars contain uncessary preservatives and additives, hidden sugars and a high percentage of extra salt and fats, whereas this pesto recipe contained only fresh, natural ingredients. The addition of spinach and peas in this recipe also boosts it’s nutritional value! Ella’s recipe is also suitable for vegans and is dairy free, whereas shop bought pesto contains various cheeses.


This recipe leaves you with a deliciously creamy pesto that isn’t as oily as we often find shop bought pesto can be. We loved the intense flavour that the basil, pine nuts and lemon gave the meal and enjoyed the variety of texture the spinach and the peas gave.


#NAILED IT…on taste, nutrition, simplicity and time, BUT sadly not on cost. This recipe was substantially more expensive than the shop bought option..

For four servings:

Ella’s recipe (just the pesto not the full recipe) :  $11.08 AUD / £6.481 GBP / $8.47 USD per serving

Shop-bought example :  $3.80 AUD / £2.22 GBP / $2.90 USD per serving

Tip: We found buying Pine Nuts online was much better value than in store.

So if you’re looking for a cheap on-a-budget meal, homemade pesto may not be the one for you. But if you’re looking for a healthier option to and you’re happy to splash out a little more (maybe for a dinner with friends?!) then we highly recommend making it yourself – we will certainly be giving it another go!

homemade pesto

Have you tried this Deliciously Ella recipe? Do you think she #nailedit or #failedit with her homemade pesto recipe? Let us know in the comments!

We would love to see your creations so tag us in your instagram photos @the_health_mix and remember… #nailedit or #failedit?


Check out Deliciously Ella’s range of recipe books for more healthy eating ideas

Deliciously Ella Pea and Spinach Pesto Pasta
Deliciously Ella Pea and Spinach Pesto Pasta
Deliciously Ella Pea and Spinach Pesto Pasta
Deliciously Ella Pea and Spinach Pesto Pasta