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A plate of vegan pesto pasta with roasted vegetables

Dairy free pesto pasta

Bright, aromatic and delicious dairy free pesto sauce. Goes great on pasta for an easy weeknight dinner idea.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: dairy free, pasta, pesto
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 16 tablespoon servings
Calories: 101kcal
Author: Maria

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh basil (tightly packed)
  • ½ cup pine nuts (or raw walnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, almonds, or hemp seeds. )
  • 3 cloves garlic (peeled)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ½ cup vegan parmesan (shredded or nutritional yeast)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt (add more if needed)
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

  • Remove the basil from the stems and add to food processor
  • Add pine nuts, garlic, lemon juice, salt and vegan parmesan cheese and pulse
  • While the food processor is blending, pour in the olive oil
  • Taste and add more salt if needed. If it's too acidic, add more vegan cheese, if it's too thick, add more olive oil or a splash of water.
  • Add to cooked and drained pasta with ¼ cup of pasta water and top with more vegan parmesan cheese. Also goes well on roasted vegetables, sandwiches or in hummus.

Notes

To store, put in an airtight container and keep in the fridge for up to a week. Make sure the container is airtight because pesto will turn a dark brown color if exposed to air. 
You can also freeze the pesto in an ice cube tray. Once the cubes are frozen, seal them in a freezer friendly ziploc bag in the freezer. 
Try using roasted garlic instead of raw garlic for a deeper flavor or if raw garlic upsets your stomach. You can also gently toast the pine nuts on the stove for a more unique flavor. 
You can also quickly blanche the basil leaves before adding to the food processor so the pesto maintains a bright green color. 
If you're allergic to nuts you can use sunflower seeds, hemp seeds or pumpkin seeds (pepitas) for a nut free pesto.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Dairy free pesto pasta
Amount per Serving
Calories
101
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
10
g
15
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Sodium
 
72
mg
3
%
Potassium
 
38
mg
1
%
Carbohydrates
 
2
g
1
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
1
g
1
%
Protein
 
1
g
2
%
Vitamin A
 
160
IU
3
%
Vitamin C
 
1
mg
1
%
Calcium
 
10
mg
1
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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