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The Ultimate Guide to Making the Best Vegan Pesto Pasta: A Burst of Flavor and Nutrition!


 

Are you ready to tantalize your taste buds with a delightful explosion of flavors while enjoying a nutritious meal? Look no further than vegan pesto pasta! This versatile dish combines the aromatic and vibrant flavors of fresh herbs, garlic, and nuts, creating a perfect harmony with al dente pasta. In this blog, we'll walk you through a step-by-step guide on how to make the best vegan pesto pasta, including a delicious recipe that will satisfy both your cravings and your nutritional needs.


For the vegan pesto sauce:

  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed

  • 1/2 cup pine nuts (you can substitute with walnuts or cashews)

  • 3 cloves garlic

  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

  • Salt and pepper to taste




For the pasta:

  • 8 ounces of your favorite pasta (spaghetti, linguine, or penne work well)

  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

  • Fresh basil leaves for garnish


Instructions:


Prepare the Vegan Pesto Sauce:

  • In a food processor or blender, add the basil leaves, pine nuts, garlic, nutritional yeast, and lemon juice.

  • Pulse the ingredients a few times until coarsely chopped.

  • While the food processor is running, slowly drizzle in the olive oil until the mixture is well combined.

  • Season with salt and pepper according to your taste preferences.

  • Set aside the vegan pesto sauce.


Cook the Pasta:

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.

  • Add the pasta and cook according to the package instructions until it reaches al dente texture.

  • Drain the cooked pasta, reserving about 1/4 cup of the pasta water.


Combine the Pasta and Pesto Sauce:

  • Return the drained pasta to the pot.

  • Add the vegan pesto sauce and toss well to coat the pasta evenly.

  • If the pasta seems dry, gradually add some of the reserved pasta water to achieve a creamy consistency.

  • Gently fold in the cherry tomatoes


Serve and Garnish:

  • Divide the vegan pesto pasta into serving plates or bowls.

  • Garnish with a few fresh basil leaves on top.

  • If desired, sprinkle some additional nutritional yeast or pine nuts for extra texture and taste.



Tips and Variations:

  • Experiment with different herbs: While basil is the traditional choice for pesto, feel free to incorporate other herbs like cilantro, parsley, or a mix of greens like spinach and arugula.

  • Nut substitutions: If you're allergic to pine nuts or simply want to try something different, walnuts or cashews make excellent alternatives in vegan pesto.

  • Add more veggies: Customize your dish by adding sautéed mushrooms, roasted bell peppers, or steamed broccoli to boost the nutritional profile.

  • Creamy pesto: For a creamier texture, you can blend in 1/2 cup of soaked cashews or silken tofu into the pesto sauce.


Conclusion:

Congratulations! You've just mastered the art of creating the best vegan pesto pasta. With its vibrant colors, bold flavors, and nourishing ingredients, this dish is a testament to the creativity and deliciousness of plant-based cuisine. Whether you're a dedicated vegan or someone looking to incorporate more plant-based meals into your diet, this recipe is sure to satisfy your taste




 





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