The Best Vegan Pesto Sauce Recipe

Pasta is one of my favorite dishes. It's so warm, comforting, and filling. One of my favorite sauces to put on pasta is basil pesto. I've never really liked to put marinara on pasta, and Alfredo isn't traditionally vegan. Pesto sauce is so light and fresh and I love how it doesn't require a lot of time and ingredients to make.

vegan pesto pasta

You'll need a food processor to make this vegan pesto sauce.

basil plant

First, put in 2 cups of packed fresh basil leaves. I suggest buying a basil plant. We got ours at Harmons. It's not much more expensive than buying fresh basil and you get so much more. You can harvest the basil leaves you need from it, then keep growing your plant so that you can make pesto from it again.

basil for pesto sauce

Then, 1/4 cups pine nuts. Pine nuts aren't the cheapest. I recommend buying them from the bins where you can scoop them yourself and just buy as much as you need.

pine nuts for pesto sauce

Next, add 2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil.

EVOO for pesto pasta sauce

Last, add 2 cloves of garlic, then blend.

garlic pesto sauce

  • 2 cups packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic

Put all ingredients in food processor and blend well. Makes about 4-6 servings.

dairy free pesto sauce for pizza

My favorite ways to eat this sauce are on pasta or bread. I like to put it in a bowl of pasta with broccoli and peas. You could do this with lots of other veggies too. 

I also like to put some on top of slices of French bread, then I put it in the oven at 400 degrees for about 3-5 minutes so that it's really warm. If you're wondering whether or not French bread is vegan, this is a helpful article I recommend reading.

Pesto on french bread

Most pesto sauces have parmesan cheese, and honestly I don't even miss it in this recipe. I started making my pesto sauce vegan before I was even vegan. I don't think the cheese adds much flavor and it makes it cost more. 

Another delicious way to use this dairy-free pesto sauce would be on pizza. It would be really good with Minimalist Baker's Vegan Gluten-Free Pizza Crust. I hope you love making this!

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