How to Make a Vegan Basil Pesto Sauce

Simply Delicious; Easy Vegan Basil Pesto Recipe

This simple vegan pesto is delicious. The beauty of this pesto sauce is its versatility. Toss some pesto with your favorite pasta, for a delicious main course that even your non-vegan friends will love. Serve basil pesto with crostini for an easy 10 min. appetizer.

[su_note note_color=”#45d43d”]Below you will find my favorite Vegan Basil Pesto recipe, some variations on the recipe to change things up a bit, and the answers to some burning questions like “How do you make a Pesto Sauce without Parmesan Cheese?”.[/su_note]

How to Make Pesto; A Super Simple Vegan Basil Pesto Recipe


  • 1 1/2 cups fresh basil
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup pine nuts (walnuts or cashews may be substituted)
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1/3 cup nutritional yeast
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


Combine basil, nuts, garlic, and yeast in a food processor. Set the food processor to grind mixture, while slowly adding olive oil until the pesto reaches the desired consistency. The pesto should be smooth, but with some texture remaining. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Tasty Variations on the Basic Vegan Pesto Recipe

If you love the basic vegan pesto recipe, then you are sure to enjoy these delicious variations of the original recipe. Variety is the spice of life so mix it up a little and enjoy.

  • Substitute mint for the basil, walnuts for the pine nuts, for a delicious Eastern Mediterranean flavor.
  • Substitute cilantro for the basil and add a little lemon or lime juice. Tastes great in pasta salads.
  • Substitute tarragon for the basil, use walnuts or pecans instead of pine nuts. Use this to perk up your favorite vegetable dishes.
  • Substitute 1 cup of rosemary leaves and 2 cups parsley for the basil. This is excellent served with roasted potatoes.

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A Vegan Alternative to Parmesan Cheese

If you were wondering, “How do you make a good pesto sauce without Parmesan cheese?” The answer is nutritional yeast.

Nutritional yeast is an inactive yeast similar in color, texture, and most importantly flavor to Parmesan cheese. Nutritional yeast is an excellent vegan substitute in almost any recipe that calls for Parmesan cheese.

Another variation on Vegan Parmesan cheese is as follows:

  • 1/2 cup toasted Sesame Seeds
  • 2 tablespoons Nutritional Yeast
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Sea Salt

Toast Sesame seeds on a baking sheet in the oven, or in a dry skillet until they are golden brown. Combine all of the ingredients in a food processor. Grind on high for 30 seconds, or until you have something similar in texture to finely grated Parmesan cheese. Enjoy anywhere that you would use grated Parmesan.
As an added bonus nutritional yeast is a good source of vitamin B12.

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