Love this recipe! Amazing pesto. Thx! So good! Easy and delicious. I was tired of throwing my carrot tops in the compost bin when I knew I could do something useful with them and VOILA, best pesto I’ve ever had. Thanks for sharing that! Yummy! We haven’t tried that and can’t say for sure, but if you experiment with it, report back on how it goes! There are not words. I just made it a few minutes ago and I’m blown away. It always comes out great. We put it on grilled flank steak with salt and pepper tomatoes. The nutritional yeast adds creaminess and a great taste, plus it’s Vitamin B12 Highly recommend. Thank you for the wonderful recipe. Bless you! I used way less garlic (I never imagined I would say this one day) but my cloves were massive. Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. Thank you for the recipe! It’s recioes like this that motivate you to keep eating healthy and don’t make you miss all the junk food. So good with pasta and cherry tomatoes =) Thanks so much for sharing! I simply tweeked the amount of ingredients to make them proportionate to my basil amount. Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. Love. Hope that helps! Hi Alex! I also used a little extra lemon and the pine nuts. I was thinking of making a pesto pasta salad meal prep for lunches. That helps so much! There are not substitutions that really mimic the flavor of nutritional yeast, so just omit it! Seriously YUMMM!!! BBC Good Food Show Summer Save 25% on early bird tickets. Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator up to 1 week. Never would I have imagined this could taste this great without any oil. Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? Hi! I made the recipe as an attempt to please my mom, who had to go on a dairy-free diet and was completely skeptical of “that thing called ‘nutritional yeast’.” Well, we can honestly say the vegan version almost beats the traditional pesto. This pesto recipe is amazing!! Excellent! It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Best enjoyed immediately. xo. Thanks for letting us know, Katherine! It’s vegan, unlike actual cheese, and is used here as a parmesan substitute. 1. I have a sensitive stomach and sometimes cooking garlic can make it easier to digest. Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? We’re so glad you enjoyed it! Thanks so much! I made this pesto today, delicious, better than shop bought, I didn’t add water though as was runny enough. Will keep stored in the fridge for up to a week. Make this! xo. I used 3 Tbsp of EVOO. i never saw nutritional yeast and never know how to make it. Unfortunately, pine nuts cost a small fortune and veganizing pesto … Thanks so much for the lovely review! I am so happy I found this one. I mixed it in some pasta and spread some on top of broiled tofu. But maybe avocado oil? As the weather starts to warm up, and things begin to bloom outside, I start to … Such an easy and absolutely delicious pesto recipe, my go-to! Hi June! Yay! xo. Thank you for this and all the fantastic recipes you share with us, your devoted following! Thank you so much for the recipe! Love this pesto! Add additional fresh lemon juice, salt, and freshly ground black pepper to taste. I agree with many of the commenters–sunflower seeds are WAY better than pine nuts. Thanks a bunch :), Thanks so much for the lovely review- we are so glad you enjoy it! Just commenting because my food processor died halfway through and I did the other half in the blender; the blender batch was remarkably much better. My question is, can you use another kind of seed or nut? Thank you! So flavorful and so easy to make. I made it with sunflower seeds and some basil I grew in my container garden. Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? Pine nuts are monocot seeds. It’d be best fresh. Thank you! It’s very bright, in taste and color, and excellent on whole wheat pasta. Lots of flavour for just a few ingredients and a tiny amount of effort. I had never heard of nutritional yeast being used in place of cheese, so glad for a substitute, thanks! I made it without oil or broth and it was great! We’re so glad you enjoyed it, Kasey! Very Yummy Recipe!!. We are so glad you enjoyed it! Will definitely make again. I also added parsley. Hi Kim! Thank you, Dana, for creating this really cool site :). Set aside to cool. It’s super helpful for us and other readers. CreamyZestyCheesyGarlickyHealthy& SO easy to make. Hi, looking forward to trying this! Great recipe! I spiralized some zucchini, steams, and tossed in the pesto and also made a pesto rice – makes me wish fresh basil season was all year! What a shame. Best thing is that it is light and healthier compared to its cheesy variety. We used raw, but roasted (lightly) can work, too! I was sceptical. It turned out a bit liquid for my taste so I added a few pieces of avocado and it was a delicious & creamy addition! … I use it when making homemade pizza or on top of noodles. This vegan version of the classic pesto is made with olive oil, fresh basil, pine nuts, garlic, salt, and nutritional yeast, among other ingredients. I’ll try that next time. Used part walnuts, part sunflower seeds, extra garlic and added a fresh jalapeño-we love spicy! Now all I have to do for dinners is cook the pasta! Didn’t miss the cheese at all! Perfect vegan and nut free pesto. We had it with spaghetti squash and roasted chickpeas. Hi was wondering if I could sub walnuts for almond nuts. Using Bragg right now. Is there any certain type of spiralizer you might be able to recommend to a minimalist on a budget? Delicious recipe thanks for sharing. :), Thanks so much for the lovely review, Lucy. Glad to hear that you and your partner enjoyed it, Lauren! Love. I haven’t tried it, but think it could work! Followed the recipe to a t and it came out delicious!!!! A fantastic go-to vegan pesto recipe. Laura, Thanks so much for the lovely review, Laura. I can see many uses for this pesto. We are so glad you enjoyed it! We are so glad to hear that, Angelica! This pesto is divine. Add basil leaves, lemon zest, and salt, with machine running low, slowly add olive oil through the pour … Could not tell the difference between this and the old one i used to make wih cheese! For the pesto, I only needed to add 1 Tbsp of olive oil and 1 Tbsp of water. If you’re trying to avoid oil, feel free to sub the EVOO for vegetable broth or water! I love them! I like how you can just blend it all together before adding the oil. Thanks for the great recipe! Sisters, OR, There is nothing about pesto I do not like! Highly recommend. Really added some oomph to a pasta dinner. I was nervous about the taste because I forgot to buy lemons, but it was sooo good. this is honestly the best pesto i have ever made! I’ve made so many of your recipes and love them all! I will make this regularly! *I rely on a mix of extra virgin olive oil and water to make this pesto a “sauce.” If you’re trying to avoid oil, feel free to sub the EVOO for vegetable broth or water! Dana, you never disappoint. It’s awesome! I used the walnuts and loved how it turned out! I am vegan and I appreciate that all the recipes are dairy-free (and delicious!) We are so glad you enjoyed it! After that, pour into ice cube molds, freeze, and store up to 1 month or more. Hello. Sounds incredible! Overall, this is a keeper! I combined with vegan Alfredo sauce! Will be making more and freezing it!!! This sounds great. And that pizza sounds incredible! It’s the only vegan pesto I’ve ever tried and I’m not willing to try others. Hm, we’ve never tried aquafaba in pesto, but maybe? According to the nutrition facts, it does have lots of salt (nooch?). The best pesto we’ve had in a long time! Season to taste. How long does it keep in the fridge? We have a similar recipe (Penne Pasta Salad) to what it sounds like you are wanting to make and it lasts about 4 days in the fridge. It turned out deöicious. Definitely will make in batches to freeze, Yay! After seeing and trying the sunflower version as well as fulfilling my promise, I will NEVER go back to pine nuts. For that cheesy color and flavor, I rely on nutritional yeast, which is a man-made yeast that can be high in B12 (depending on the brand). I made this last night for some pizza. Thanks for sharing, Sandrina! I love Italian food and it’s so hard to find good alternatives to the sauces used in Italian food. You would never know it was vegan and it’s so much healthier than traditional pesto! I absolutely love this recipe! The lemon makes it so bright–perfect for an early winter night. Great! The easiest vegan pesto in 5 minutes! Putting this on everything I can and will be growing some basil plants as well! I’ve been waiting for a pesto recipe to make it’s way onto your blog! How do more people not know about nutritional yeast? And a huge thank you for adding the weight measurements in grams! Thanks so much for the lovely review! If I wanted to use scapes instead of garlic cloves, how many would you suggest? I did add sun-dried tomatoes and Kalamata olives. It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Bright in flavor, bright green in color. Can this recipe be canned? Thanks for sharing! No one would EVER know it was vegan or oil free. Yummy!!! This looks delicious and surprisingly creamy for a vegan pesto – will try it out the next time I need a quick pasta fix, IT was so delicious, not i was so delicious! This is my favorite pesto recipe and I make it frequently. YUM! Added a little of my backyard chilli to give it a ‘kick’… Very nice ? Any idea what the shelf life would be? The best for preserving it would be to pour the pesto into ice cube molds, freeze, and store up to 1 month or more. Made this pesto for a party, followed the basics of this recipe and added my own flaire. Bear in mind that if you want a stronger flavor, pour just a little bit of water into the mix and don’t save on olive oil. Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? I made this with your pasta recipe the other night. Hello, I just found your recipe and it looks awesome. This was truly divine. 6 ounces fresh basil (2 healthy bunches) 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil. Thank you so very much! Melodie. I love the flavor the nutritional yeast adds. We’re so glad you enjoyed it, Leni! Delicious as is. Tag @minimalistbaker on Instagram and hashtag it #minimalistbaker so we can see all the deliciousness! My husband and I really enjoyed it. I used Aquafaba to replace the oil. We’re so glad you enjoyed it, Emily! Thanks for the great recipe. Can I use coconut oil instead of olive oil? We’re so glad you enjoyed it, Jennifer! Thank you. I would think substitution is not necessary. I feel silly because I never thought of using nooch!! xo, This is delicious -thanks! Thanks so much! Thanks for sharing, Camille! I am allergic to nutritional yeast, is there any other substitute for this? Thank you! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? The only hint I would add is that it has to food process for a long time (about 5 minutes) to get to a good consistency, but that’s just a head’s up. The first written recipe for pesto was from Giovanni Battista Ratto in his 19th century work The Genoese cuisine. 3 Tbsp pine nuts or walnuts (if nut-free, try sunflower seeds!) You could also just omit and add water or vegetable, if needed. i steamed zucchini noodles and then topped them with the pesto and sautéed cherry tomatoes. So good tossed with tenderstem broccoli, petit pois or other green vegetables, cherry tomatoes and pasta. I opted for water instead of EVOO and it still held together thanks to the nutritional yeast. No need to soak the walnuts. I enjoy this MORE than regular versions. I believe it grows naturally on beets, but don’t quote me on that. Once again….you hit it out of the park with this one!!!!! xo. Nothing was wasted! Can I freeze the pesto so i can still enjoy it when my plants die back. Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? Hugs!. You can honestly just cut it way down or omit as it adds cheesiness. I made some modifications to accommodate what we had on hand. Thanks for the lovely review! Thanks so much! I did not have lemon or lime juice, so I substituted orange juice, which I read is the next best thing. Delicious pesto! … Was very delicious, but a little too tangy. Easily the best pesto I’ve ever tasted. I didn’t have a lemon so I used vinegar instead. I made this for the first time yesterday just to eat over gluten free pasta and it is SO GOOD! I’m looking forward to freezing the pesto to enjoy this winter! Hi! Lovely! Basil is traditionally used as the main ingredient with pesto but this recipe also works well with spinach leaves or even kale if you're feeling adventurous. Sorry for never telling you how great you are and how much your work is appreciated! How long does your homemade pesto sauce last in the refrigerator or freezer? Hi i was just wondering where can i purchase nutritional yeast? I made it today and I think by far it is the best pesto I’ve ever made. I didn’t have enough basil, maybe like 3/4 cup. Love your recipe – don’t even miss the parmesan! Get our copy of FAN FAVORITES featuring 20 of our most loved, highly-rated recipes! I stick to the recipe for the rest. Hi Ania, hmm, we haven’t tried that and aren’t sure the flavors would be complimentary. I strongly recommend it! It is the first time I made pesto. Highly recommend and would make again. If so, you can find the weight measurement by selecting “metric” below the ingredient heading. So good on pasta and in stuffed portobellos mushroom caps. My daughter is vegan, and I am rapidly following in her footsteps due to her influence. I’ve been using it similarly to your chimichurri portobello recipe and it’s divine! Sorry to hear that was your experience, Veronika! It totally did! I subbed water for the oil with red flags raiding in my mind that no way could this be as delicious as regular homemade pesto with freshly grated cheese and olive oil. Keep up the great work! I added extra lemon because I didn’t think it was worth saving the extra from a whole lemon. Very delicious taste and I will add this recipe to my list of Staples. Walnuts or almonds also do really well in place of pine nuts ($$$) I used pecans for the nuts because that’s what I had on hand. I’m going to make pesto again tonight. 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