Vegan Pesto

Pesto is a sauce which originally comes from the Italian city of Genoa. Traditionally, it is made from fresh basil leaves and Parmesan cheese. This vegan pesto tastes just as good as the traditional variety and is very easy to make. We suggest using nutritional yeast to replace the cheese, thanks to its cheese-like flavour. The basil, pine nuts, and garlic add a true taste of Italy.

 Vegan pesto is a perfect side dish

There are thousands of meals you can make with pesto. The easiest is perhaps a simple pasta dish. Even in Ancient Rome, the Romans were already eating pesto with their pasta. Pesto is also delicious on a sandwich or in a salad. Explore the different ways of using pesto to find out which recipe you like best.

 You can also make pesto with walnuts instead of pine nuts.

  • Preparation Time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes


Servings: 1 small bowl
  • 1
    basil plant large
  • ¼ cup
    pine nuts
  • 2 cloves of
  • 3 tbsp
    olive oil
  • ½
  • 2 tbsp
    nutritional yeast
  • salt and pepper to season


  1. Pick all the leaves from a basil plant.
  2. Put the leaves with all the other ingredients into a blender (or in a bowl, when using an immersion blender).
  3. Blend until you have a smooth paste.
  4. Taste the pesto and add some more garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, nutritional yeast, or pepper if desired.

Cuisines: Italian
Difficulty: level 1 (easy)
Cooking time: < 15 minutes
Season: autumn, spring, summer, winter
Number ingredients: 5-10 ingredients
Taste: savory
Preparation method: blender, food processor, mixing
Type of dish: sauces and spreads
Campaigns: VeggieChallenge

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