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Easy Peasy Vegan Basil Pesto
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Easy Peasy Vegan Basil Pesto

Prep Time: 5

Cook Time: 10

Busy summer days call for quick, easy-to-prep foods and sauces. Pesto is a versatile go-to that's great as an addition to soup, awesome when used to garnish a salad, or just as a sandwich spread-- not to mention it's obvious implications on pasta and pizza. This recipe also includes mint, (which can be completely left out if you want a more traditional vibe), giving it a cool taste that's perfect for the summer heat. This pesto takes around 15 minutes to create, and all you need equipment-wise is a food processor or blender. The following ingredients yield around one cup of pesto.

As a bonus, you can also use this recipe to make pesto butter! Yup. Just add 3/4 cup of mashed avocado and mix it with the ingredients below, after you've followed the original recipe. Serve this amazingly creamy vegan spread along with slices of bread, or as a dip for veggies and your favorite chips.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups basil
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts [can be substituted for walnuts, pecans, or almonds]
  • 1/3 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/3 cup mint
  • 1/3 cup olive oil [can be substituted for vegetable or canola oil, but olive is best]
  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt [optional]
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper [optional]

Other Optional Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup vegan cheese [shredded or in the form of vegan Parmesan sprinkle]                                                                             1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 3/4 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon rosemary 

Preparation:

  1.  Chop up the garlic into small pieces. Depending on your food processor, it may help to pre-chop the pine nuts as well.
  2.  Combine the basil, mint, and nutritional yeast into a food processor. Include any optional ingredients like cheese or onions. Blend until well combined.
  3.  Continue to blend while adding the pine nuts and chopped garlic.
  4.  Stop periodically to pour in the olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper.                                                                                    
  5.  Adjust seasonings to taste. Add optional seasonings like rosemary or oregano if preferred.
  6.  Store in a container to chill, freeze, or serve as is.

 

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  1. Support
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    Presto! Pesto! We love it-- thanks for posting!
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  2. Norma Plum
    Norma Plum
    We love pesto at my home. My pesto is really really easy peasy compared to yours though LOL Basil, lots of garlic, olive oil, nutritional yeast, salt and pepper (pine nuts, only if I have them, but not always) Mint sounds like a great fresh addition. Fresh for the summer! . Thanks for sharing, will give your recipe a try.
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