Vegan Pesto

pesto sauce isolated on white background
AuthorTasty RecipesCategory, DifficultyBeginner

Pesto can be used on top of bread, as a sauce to a pasta, or over top a slice of chicken. Use it to kick up the flavour of any existing recipe. Switch up the type of nut used based on availability or preference – pine nuts and walnuts both work great.

Yields6 Servings
Prep Time10 minsCook Time10 minsTotal Time20 mins
 1/3 cup cashews - toasted and chopped
 3/4 cup olive oil
 5 cloves garlic - minced
 1 1/2 cups basil leaves - chopped
 6 tablespoons water
 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
 1 teaspoon salt
 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1

Combine basil leaves and garlic in the food processor. Pulse until finely chopped – continue running.

2
3

Pour in the olive oil slowly, nutritional yeast, and water. Process until mostly smooth. Pulse in the cashews until almost smooth, add in the salt and pepper. Pulse again until smooth. Serve.

Ingredients

 1/3 cup cashews - toasted and chopped
 3/4 cup olive oil
 5 cloves garlic - minced
 1 1/2 cups basil leaves - chopped
 6 tablespoons water
 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
 1 teaspoon salt
 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Directions

1

Combine basil leaves and garlic in the food processor. Pulse until finely chopped – continue running.

2
3

Pour in the olive oil slowly, nutritional yeast, and water. Process until mostly smooth. Pulse in the cashews until almost smooth, add in the salt and pepper. Pulse again until smooth. Serve.

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