Vegan Pesto Recipe

100 percent vegan food

Vegan Pesto Recipe

Originally, pesto was tons of herbs flavored with a bit of cheese, unlike today’s basil-flavored cheese stuff.  So here is an easy to make vegan pesto recipe. Instead of the Parmesan cheese you may use brewer’s yeast, or soy/rice Parmesan, or a mixture of both.

Vegan Pesto Recipe Ingredients

100 percent vegan pesto recipe
1 bunch fresh basil (a nice full handful)
3/4 cup pine nuts
5 whole cloves garlic
1/2 tsp salt
Several fresh grinds of black pepper, or 1/2 tsp already ground
2 ounces tofu
1/4 cup yeast or soy parm
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil


  1. Combine all ingredients except oil in the bowl of a food processor.
  2. Process until semi-smooth.
  3. With processor running, add oil in a continuous stream.
  4. Toss with pasta, serve on toasted bread with tomatoes, etc.

Vegan Pesto Recipe NotesMan Taking Quiz

  • All of these amounts are approximate. Adjust them to your own taste.
  • This sauce freezes well.
  • Walnuts or almonds can be used in place of the pine nuts.
  • If you like a lot of garlic, add as much as you want, but the more garlic you add the longer you should let it sit before eating.
  • Pesto keeps very well and is delicious the next day.
  • Never heat pesto sauce – the basil will turn black and taste bitter.

Recommended Vegan Cookbook

Chloe’s Vegan Italian Kitchen: 150 Pizzas, Pastas, Pestos, Risottos, & Lots of Creamy Italian Classics – “If you think a healthy vegan diet means giving up pasta in creamy sauce, cheesy pizza, and luscious tiramisu, think again!” This cookbook comes highly recommended by vegans and non-vegans!

Author: Jeni

Certified by the Professional School of Fitness and Nutrition in March, 1995; honored for exemplary grades. Practicing fitness and nutrition for over 20 years. Featured in the Feb. 1994 issue of "Shape" magazine. Featured in Collage in the spring issue of 1995 Low fat recipe's published in Taste of Home, Quick Cooking, and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, among others. September, 2001: Featured in "Winning The War on Cholesterol" By Rodale Publishing

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