Easy Vegan Pesto

Serves: 2-4

Time ~30 minutes


2 cups packed fresh basil (large stems removed)

3 Tbsp pine nuts or walnuts (if nut-free, try sunflower seeds!)

3 large cloves garlic, peeled

2 Tbsp lemon juice

3-4 Tbsp nutritional yeast (or parmesan cheese for non-vegan)

1/4 tsp sea salt, plus more to taste

2-3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

3-6 Tbsp water (plus more as needed)

  1. To a food processor or small blender, add the basil, nuts, garlic, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, and sea salt and blend/mix on high until a loose paste forms.

  2. Add olive oil a little at a time (streaming in while the machine is on if possible) and scrape down sides as needed. Then add 1 Tbsp (15 ml) water at a time until the desired consistency is reached - a thick but pourable sauce. (If avoiding oil altogether, sub the oil with vegetable broth or just use all water.)

  3. Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more nutritional yeast for cheesy flavor, salt for overall flavor, nuts for nuttiness, garlic for bite / zing, or lemon juice for acidity.

Recipe courtesy of MinimalistBaker.com