VEGAN PESTO RECIPE
Pesto being a globally known type of sauce usually eaten on top of pasta or in between a sandwich Is packed full of flavor and richness even in its delicate form. However, pesto is usually made using Parmesan cheese which means its not a suitable option for vegans who avoid dairy-based products so new ways have been found to achieve the same flavor without the use of any animal products. How to make vegan pesto is a great tool to have especially when the cravings hit. Luckily there are many different ways to make a vegan pesto recipe and here are some options to consider.
VEGAN BASIL PESTO RECIPE
The main thing about homemade vegan pesto is finding a suitable replacement for the cheesy flavor and texture of the pesto itself. Usually, this is replaced by a type of nut and in this recipe, pine nuts do the job just right. This vegan pesto sauce recipe is delicious and creamy you could basically top any meal with It.
All you need is
2 cups of fresh basil
3 Tbsp. of pine nuts
3 cloves of garlic
3 Tbsp. olive oil
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
4 Tbsp. Nutritional Yeast ( a vegan alternative to parmesan for achieving a cheesy flavor )
Now all that’s left to do it blend, add all the ingredients except for the oil which should be added in slowly throughout the blending process then blend with around 5 Tbsp. of water and asses as you go. You are aiming to achieve a thick sauce but that is runny enough to pour.
THE BEST VEGAN PESTO RECIPE
There are so many variations of vegan pesto recipes, some of these include:
Vegan Parsley Pesto Recipe
For this recipe, all you have to do is follow the steps and ingredients of the recipe above but simply replace the Basil with the same amount of fresh Parsley. This recipe creates a pesto that is more herby in flavor and less sweet than basil.
Vegan Spinach Pesto Recipe
For this recipe spinach is added as an additional ingredient on top of either basil or parsley, you need about 2 cups of baby spinach ( remember to remove the stems ) The rest of the recipe remains the same but you may need a little extra olive oil to ensure it blends to the desired texture. Another tip is to exchange the pine nuts for cashews, this will make your pesto a lot more creamy and smoother on the palate.
Walnut Pesto Recipe Vegan
The only change with this recipe is to exchange the pine nuts for walnuts, you’ll need 1⁄2 a cup ( preferably raw ). Walnuts work really well in a pesto recipe and it’s also a great way to use up the nuts since they are not the most popular for eating by themselves. This sauce can also be watered down with the addition of more olive oil and lemon juice and used as a marinade for vegetables and gives them a true Italian flare.
Raw Vegan Pesto Recipe
For all the raw vegans who are too craving a sauce packed full of flavor and texture, you can still enjoy pesto as it is already raw friendly. So long as you make the recipes from scratch at home you don’t need to change anything except for the base you use for smothering in pesto. Zoodles or Zucchini noodles are a great raw alternative to pasta and the addition of pesto does it wonders.
VEGAN PESTO PASTA RECIPE
The most common way to eat and enjoy your vegan pesto is with a big bowl of warm, comforting pasta. The pasta absorbs all the flavors of the pesto and not much else needs to be added to make a great dish. Adding a little extra nutritional yeast on top is a great alternative to parmesan, fresh tomatoes are also a great pairing with pesto. Another pasta pesto recipe is a cold one, all you’ll need is some cold fresh pasta, covered in your pesto sauce with the addition of red bell peppers, tomatoes, black olives, and a salad of your choice ( arugula works best in my opinion ) and just as easy as that you’ve got yourself a perfect, hearty and delicious lunch or dinner recipe that the entire family can enjoy!