I love this vegan pesto without the cheese; it tastes like the real thing only better to me! Toss with pasta or serve with bread or crackers for an appetizer.
Vegan Pesto Recipe
- 1 cup olive oil
- 3 cups fresh basil
- 1 2/3 + 1/3 c for later cup pine nuts
- 1 – 5 cloves garlic (optional)
- 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
- 1/4 -3/4 teaspoon Himalayan salt
- Put olive oil first into the blender; then add basil blend until smooth.
- Next, add pine nuts and garlic; blend till they are ground.
- Now add sea salt and nutritional yeast; blend until smooth.
- Pesto is best to not be completely smooth; a little texture is good.
- Add 1/3 cup pine nuts and mix in at the end
Adjust amounts to your own taste. You can use other herbs besides basil; cilantro, parsley, and mint are good too.
Pine nuts have become very expensive so substitute walnuts or almonds in place of the pine nuts. Instead of salt put in a 3 tsp of Braggs.
Pesto keeps very well; it is delicious the next day and it freezes well too.
There are So Many Types of Basil, in fact, 35 of them!
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