Vegan Pesto Sauce
This vegan pesto sauce recipe not only tastes good but it makes you feel good to serve your family. It’s versatile and your lactose intolerant family members can eat it because I replace the cheese with Simply Organic® nutritional yeast.
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I’ve mentioned before that I used to be a vegetarian and then a vegan. After 9 years, I realized that I had to stop being a vegetarian/vegan because I was dreaming about eating meat so much. I felt it was my body telling me that I needed more protein.
For many years, during both phases in my life, I used nutritional yeast in place of cheese; especially when I suspected the recipe might cause me stomach issues. Sometimes I don’t do well with the mixing of cheese and tomatoes.
That includes pizza and now I prefer a white pizza.
So, I sprinkle nutritional yeast on “iffy” food items and lately I’ve been doing it more often.
Nutritional yeast goes so well in pesto and you won’t even miss the cheese.
Nutritional yeast and its uses
Nutritional yeast is a deactivated yeast with a robust flavor. If you haven’t had it before, let me explain how it tastes. It is is cheesy and nutty. Like some cheeses, it can also be pungent and earthy-tasting.
That makes it perfect to add to a variety of sauces where you might otherwise use cheese. It is also delicious sprinkled on salad, popcorn, vegetables and more.
One of the things I love about the Simply Organic spices and seasonings is that they are, well, organic. I try to use organic whenever I can so I was happy to find this brand. I know its products will be fresh and taste delicious which is important to me.
I encourage you to visit the Simply Organic website, which is chock full of different recipe ideas. You may be as pleased as I was to find that not only is the brand 100% certified organic, but it also contributes 1% of product sales to support organic growers and the organic community. I love feeling I’m part of that support.
Here is a direct link for the Simply Organic nutritional yeast. You might want to check whether one of your local supermarkets carries it. If not, you can always order it online.
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How to make vegan pesto sauce
Get a food processor.
Nutritional yeast, basil and parsley.
Take the stems off both the basil and parsley and add them to the food processor container.
Add lemon juice, garlic paste, salt, pistachios, chopped walnuts and olive oil.
I measure out some nutritional yeast and put them all in a little bowl so I can take a dramatic pour shot. (It’s a food photography thing!)
I pour the yeast into the processor.
All the ingredients in the processor.
Lock the cover on the processor and turn it on high for 1 minute. Scrape down the sides with a spatula and process the pesto sauce for an additional minute.
Use it or Jar it
I transfer the pesto to a jar, make a salad and plate some freshly made pasta.
I take a few teaspoons of the sauce and dollop it on the pasta and mix it all together to coat the pasta.
Christopher loves this dish! Let’s take a closer look at the pesto-covered pasta!
I hope you enjoyed this vegan pesto sauce recipe.
Here are some other ideas for using this sauce: spread it on bread, toss it into salads or eat it by the spoonful.
Other sauce recipes
And as always, may all your dishes be delish!!
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Versatile Vegan Pesto Sauce
- 4 ounces fresh basil (4 – 5 cups), stripped of the stems
- 2 cups fresh parsley packed, stripped off stalks
- 1/2 cup pistachios raw and unsalted
- 1/2 cup walnuts raw and unsalted
- 1 ounce lemon juice 1/2 of a lemon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup olive oil
- 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast Simply Organic brand
- Place all the above ingredients in the food processor and turn it on high for 1 minute
- Scrape down sides and continue to process for an additional minute or until all the ingredients are combined
- Transfer to jar for storage
- Or use right away and place a few tablespoons on some freshly made pasta and mix it together until the pasta is covered