Homemade Vegan Pesto on pasta

5 minutes Vegan Pesto

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This Easy Vegan Pesto is one of my favorite Italian preparation. Not only can you make great pasta, but you can use it to boost the flavor of other dishes.

Sometimes I just add it to a stew, make bruschettas or add it to pizzas. I also use pesto as a sandwiches’ spread to instantly boost its flavor instead of using mayonnaise.

You can easily find pesto in stores around the world but, although they are rich in flavor and sometimes, I use it, three things made me create my version:

  1. Looking at the ingredient of store-bought pesto, I realized how much conservatives and chemicals they have. I like being in full control of what I put in my body.
  2. They have cheese, and dairy is something my body doesn’t always tolerate well.
  3. You can make a lot and save some money. I used to buy a lot of pesto, as I use it at least twice a week.

What is Pesto?

There are many kinds of pesto; Pesto Alla Genovese is the traditional one and consists of seven ingredients, according to il Consorzio del Pesto Genovese (the Academy of Pesto). These ingredients are Basil leaves, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, Pecorino Cheese (Sheep’s milk cheese from Sardinia), Garlic, Pine nuts, Coarse Salt.

It is common to replace pine nuts for walnuts since pine nuts may be challenging to find and relatively expensive.

The standard pesto products found in Italy are Pesto Alla Calabrese (Hot Peppers), Pesto Alla Siciliane (Ricotta Cheese and Nuts), Pesto Rosso (with tomatoes). Then you have more Gourmet pestos made out of Pistachio nuts.

In a nutshell, to make a pesto, you need a Vegetable or Leave (such as Basil, Red Peppers, Tomato, Ruccola), Cheese, Garlic, and Oil. The variations come with imagination.

Easy Vegan Pesto: My Version

Here I am replacing the Cheese Component with Cheesy Nutritional Yeast. It is essential to have good quality and cheesy nutritional yeast; otherwise, it won’t make it for the recipe’s lack of cheese. Some Nutritional Yeasts are neutral or are even fruit-scented, which, of course, won’t work.

Another plus from having this vegan version is that it is dairy-free. Lactose-intolerant individuals can consume it, and nutritional yeast is packed with protein and has a very low-calorie count compared to cheese.

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Pine Nuts Version / Super Cheap Version

Basil: A Superfood

Did you know that basil is considered a Superfood?

Although basil is primarily known as a flavor enhancer, studies indicate that adding this herb to your daily diet can provide anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, Immune System Booster, anti-stress, diabetes and arthritis management properties, making it a well-rounded fighter in the battle to improve overall health. Basil may also help control stress, aging, blood sugar and blood pressure.

Now, let’s get cooking!

Vegan Basil Pesto

Easy Vegan Pesto

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Pesto is one of my favorite Italian preparation. Not only can you make great pasta, but you can use it to boost the flavor of other dishes.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Preparation, Sauce
Cuisine Italian, Plant-based, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 255 kcal

Equipment

  • Blender

Ingredients
 
 

  • 2 cups basil leaves fresh
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil extra-virgin
  • 3 tablespoons pine nuts or walnuts
  • 3 garlic cloves cooked, skin on, see how-to below
  • 1 tablespoons lemons juiced
  • 6 tablespoons nutritional yeast cheesy kind
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt

Instructions
 

  • Set the fire on medium-high and put the garlic cloves on a pan with a lid. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes, until the skin, starts to burn outside. Let them cool and peel.
  • Put all the ingredients on the food processor or you can also use a small blender.
  • Adjust with water for fluidness or nutritional yeast for thickness.

Notes

I recommend saving one of the garlic cloves, so you can taste and adjust, in case you don’t want it to be too garlicky. The reason I cook the garlic clove before-hand is to avoid the strong garlic flavor. If you prefer to avoid cooking the garlic cloves, you can skip it, but make sure you take off the center greenish stem from them.

Nutrition

Calories: 255kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 7gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 292mgPotassium: 320mgFiber: 3gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 636IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 28mgIron: 2mg
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Nutrition Facts
Easy Vegan Pesto
Amount per Serving
Calories
255
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
23
g
35
%
Saturated Fat
 
3
g
19
%
Sodium
 
292
mg
13
%
Potassium
 
320
mg
9
%
Carbohydrates
 
7
g
2
%
Fiber
 
3
g
13
%
Sugar
 
1
g
1
%
Protein
 
7
g
14
%
Vitamin A
 
636
IU
13
%
Vitamin C
 
5
mg
6
%
Calcium
 
28
mg
3
%
Iron
 
2
mg
11
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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