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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


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.


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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