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Vegan Basil Pesto Recipe – 6 ingredients

vegan pesto

Pesto is one of those dreamy sauces that work on anything! Whether you’re in the mood for a warm, toasty baguette, pasta, or a salad, pesto will add the flavor and nutrients you need to turn it into a meal.

We wanted to create a versatile plant-based pesto sauce that anyone can make at home! So, we made a few adjustments to the traditional recipe. Instead of parmesan, we used nutritional yeast (If you haven’t heard of it, you need to look it up ASAP – it has so many health benefits and nutrients; even vitamin B-12!). We also replaced the pine nuts with walnuts!

vegan pesto recipe

After blending with garlic cloves, salt, basil, olive oil, and water, the result was a super creamy, fresh pesto sauce that we love to enjoy on fresh baguette slices, and over pasta.

Here are some more vegan sauces we think you’ll love:

Creamy Vegan Queso

Simple Peanut Sauce

Enjoy this beautiful pesto sauce, and leave us a comment letting us know how you enjoyed yours!

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Vegan Basil Pesto

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 242kcal

Equipment

  • Blender or food processor

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh basil
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil extra virgin
  • 3 tbsp. water
  • 3 tbsp. nutritional yeast
  • 4 tbsp. walnuts

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients in your food processor or blender, and blend on high until smooth and creamy. Add more water if necessary. Enjoy over pasta, salads, or whatever meal you'd like!

Nutrition

Serving: 2.5tbsp. | Calories: 242kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 121mg | Potassium: 331mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 633IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 2mg

Patricia Maroday

Hi I'm Patricia. Certified vegan lifestyle Coach. Iโ€™m here to help you eat more plants, discover ethical products, help the planet and feel amazing!

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Patricia Maroday

Hi I'm Patricia. Certified vegan lifestyle Coach. Iโ€™m here to help you eat more plants, discover ethical products, help the planet and feel amazing!