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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!

Vegan Basil Pesto

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


  • Blender or food processor


  • 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


  • 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!


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
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

Patricia Maroday

Hi I'm Patricia. Vegan. Blogger. Marketer. Wife. Lazy cook. Soccer mom to a son who thinks I am a vegan scientist. I just want to encourage people to try out the vegan lifestyle their way and making a global impact together. Join my movement!

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