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Vegan Pesto with Basil

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This vegan pesto with basil is perfect for busy days. It’s super easy to make, healthy, and incredibly delicious. All you need is 5 minutes! I can never say no to pesto! It’s not only super delicious with pasta but also on crispy bread, pizza, or with tomatoes. It’s such an easy recipe and always…
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This vegan pesto with basil is perfect for busy days. It’s super easy to make, healthy, and incredibly delicious. All you need is 5 minutes!

spaghetti with vegan pesto in a white bowl on a marble countertop

I can never say no to pesto! It’s not only super delicious with pasta but also on crispy bread, pizza, or with tomatoes. It’s such an easy recipe and always a winner.

I like to make an extra batch and freeze it for later, so I always have it on hand.

Why This Recipe Works

The combination of fresh parsley and basil provides this recipe with lots of flavor. While basil is relatively mild, parsley adds a stronger flavor. 

Pine nuts and walnuts serve as a great base and add lots of nutrients. 

Nutritional yeast gives this plant-based pesto a nutty and “cheesy” taste and it’s the perfect substitute for Parmesan cheese. Besides, nutritional yeast is super healthy and it’s packed with nutrients. 

What Goes Into This Recipe 

ingredients for vegan pesto on a countertop with labels

How To Make This Recipe 

Ingredients for pesto in a food processor before blending

1. Step: Place all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor.

pesto in a food processor with a spatula on a marble counter top

2. Step: Process until smooth with a few chunks. It’s best to use the pulse function. However, make sure not to process the pesto for too long because otherwise it might become bitter.

Recipe Tips:

  • I used a cuisinart food processor, which is perfect for making pesto, dips, and sauces.
  • If you use a blender like a Vitamix, you might have to double the recipe because it doesn’t blend well as the bottom is too wide to process a small amount of food. 
  • Nutritional yeast adds “cheesy” flavor to this recipe. You can find it in many supermarkets, health food stores, or online. The pesto will work without it, but I really recommend using nutritional yeast.
  •  I recommend using extra virgin olive oil for this recipe.

a glass jar with vegan pesto and a spoon on a marble countertop

FAQs:

Can you freeze this pesto?

Yes, you can easily freeze it. I do this all the time. Especially when parsley or wild garlic is in season.

A great way to freeze vegan pesto is using ice cube trays. Just fill the pesto in ice cube trays and you have single portions ready any time.

Transfer the pesto “ice cubes” in freezer bags after they are frozen. This way they will last for about 6 months in the freezer.

You could also freeze your pesto in an airtight, freezer-safe container. This way it will even last a bit longer.

How long does it last?

Stored in an airtight container in the fridge, it should last about 5-7 days.

Make sure to always use a fresh and clean spoon to avoid bacteria spoiling the pesto. It also helps to add a fresh layer of olive oil on top every time you use it. 

Can I make this pesto without nuts?

Yes, you could replace the walnuts with sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds. The term “pine nuts”  is a bit misleading as they’re actually seeds and not nuts.

a hand rolling up spaghetti with a fork from a white bowl

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I hope you like this vegan pesto as much as we do around here.

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Vegan Pesto with Basil

This vegan pesto with basil is perfect for busy days. It’s super easy to make, healthy, and in combination with pasta incredibly delicious. All you need for this vegan pesto is 5 minutes!
Course Entrées, Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 221kcal
Author Sina

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh basil
  • 1 cup fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil (extra virgin)
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  • Place all of the ingredients in a blender of food processor.
  • Process until rather smooth with a few chunks. It’s best to use the pulse function. However, make sure not to process the pesto for too long because otherwise it might become bitter.

Notes

  • I used a cuisinart food processor, which is perfect for making pesto, dips, and sauces.
  • If you use a blender like a Vitamix, you might have to double the recipe because it doesn’t blend well as the bottom is too wide to process a small amount of food. 
  • Nutritional yeast adds “cheesy” flavor to this recipe. You can find it in many supermarkets, health food stores, or online. The pesto will work without it, but I really recommend using nutritional yeast.
  •  I recommend using extra virgin olive oil for this recipe.

Nutrition

Calories: 221kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 300mg | Potassium: 258mg | Fiber: 2g | Vitamin A: 1580IU | Vitamin C: 21.5mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 2.1mg

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