This versatile vegan pesto sauce recipe tastes good and feels good to serve your peeps! I replace cheese with Simply Organic® nutritional yeast. It’s delicious!
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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. But only sometimes. I prefer a white pizza now because I don’t want to even chance it.
So, I sprinkle nutritional yeast on “iffy” food items and lately I’ve been doing it more often.
Pesto is one of those “oh-oh” items for me. I’ve been making pesto with and without cheese for many years and then fairly recently, I was inspired to add/substitute nutritional yeast in my recipe.
Eureka! Perfect every time!
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 delish 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! That’s 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.
On to the Versatile Vegan Pesto Sauce
Here’s a close up of the Simply Organic nutritional yeast. You can see that it is made up of small flakes. It’s not a powder, like other yeasts.
Well, lookie there! In addition to our nutritional yeast, we have parsley, basil, pistachios, walnuts and olive oil.
Let’s get started.
First, I get out my food processor and drop in the whole container of basil as well as 2 cups of parsley. I squeeze the juice from 1/2 a lemon into it and I add 3 teaspoons of garlic paste, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/2 cup pistachios, 1/2 cup chopped walnuts and 1 cup extra virgin olive oil.
Next, I measure out 3 tablespoons of nutritional yeast and put them all in a little bowl so I can take a dramatic pour shot. (It’s a food photography thing!)
Woohoo! It’s snowing!
Well, not really but it looks like fun, doesn’t it?
Now for a photo of all the ingredients together.
I place the cover on the processor and turn it on high for 1 minute. I scrape down the sides with a spatula and process the versatile vegan 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.
Would you look at that! Would you???
I take a few teaspoons of the pesto sauce and dollop it on the pasta. I 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 recipe!!
Here are some other ideas for using this delicious pesto sauce: spread it on bread, toss it into salads or eat it by the spoonful.
The pesto sauce is delicious with the addition of Simply Organic nutritional yeast!
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This versatile vegan pesto sauce has such a delicious flavor! The secret is the nutritional yeast.
- 1, 4 ounce package of fresh basil, (4 – 5 cups), stripped of the stems
- 2 cups, packed fresh parsley, stripped off stalks
- 1/2 cup pistachios, raw and unsalted
- 1/2 cup walnuts, raw and unsalted
- juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup olive oil
- 3 tablespoons Simply Organic nutritional yeast
- Food processor
- 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
This pesto will be spoonable. Each time I use it, depending on how I use it, I add olive oil to thin it out!
- Serving Size: 2 tablespoons
- Calories: 86