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Vegan Green Pesto Pasta

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Vegan Green Pesto Pasta

Unveil the simplicity and elegance of Italian cuisine with this Vegan Green Pesto Pasta Recipe. Fresh basil, aromatic garlic, and rich pine nuts are blended to create a pesto that perfectly coats al dente pasta. This vegan dish is a celebration of fresh ingredients coming together to create a harmonious and satisfying meal.



Serves: 4

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Total time: 25 minutes



  • 400g pasta of your choice

  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves

  • 1/3 cup pine nuts, toasted

  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled

  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast

  • Juice of 1 lemon

  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste

  • Red pepper flakes, optional

  • Vegan parmesan, for garnish

  • Fresh basil leaves, for garnish



  1. Start by bringing a large pot of generously salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until it is just al dente. Reserve a cup of the pasta water for later, then drain the pasta with a colander and set aside.

  2. While the pasta cooks, prepare the pesto. In a food processor, combine the fresh basil, toasted pine nuts, and peeled garlic cloves. Pulse until roughly chopped.

  3. With the processor running, drizzle in the olive oil in a steady stream until the mixture emulsifies and becomes creamy. Add in the nutritional yeast, lemon juice, salt, and pepper, blending until the mixture is a vibrant, smooth pesto.

  4. Toss the warm, drained pasta with the pesto in a large bowl, adding a little of the reserved pasta water to loosen the sauce if necessary. The heat from the pasta will release the aromas of the pesto and allow the sauce to coat each strand or shape thoroughly.

  5. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed. If desired, sprinkle with red pepper flakes for a bit of heat.

  6. Plate up the pesto pasta and garnish with a sprinkle of vegan parmesan and a few fresh basil leaves.


Additional Tips:

  • Elevate the dish with some sun-dried tomatoes or capers for an umami pop.

  • Add a protein boost with some chickpeas or white beans tossed in with the pasta.


Allergy information / alternatives:

  • Swap pine nuts for seeds like hemp or pumpkin if allergic to nuts.

  • Choose gluten-free pasta for a gluten-free option.


Nutritional Information (per serving):

  • Calories: ~600 kcal

  • Protein: 17g

  • Fat: 28g (Saturated: 4g)

  • Carbohydrates: 72g (Sugars: 3g)

  • Fiber: 4g

  • Sodium: 300mg

Note: The nutritional information provided is approximate and may vary based on the specific ingredients used and their proportions.


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