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Easy Vegan Pesto

Total time:5 minutes
Prep time:5 minutes

Basil Pesto is easy to make and Vegan Basil Pesto is just as simple. Just a few ingredients and a food processor make it simple and quick!

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  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 cups tightly packed basil
  • 1/2 cup walnuts or pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. In the bowl of a food processor add garlic and pulse until coarsely chopped.
  2. Add pine nuts and basil and continue processing by pulsing until the ingredients are finely chopped.
  3. With food processor running on a slow speed, slowly drizzle in the half of the olive oil (1/4 cup) oil until combined into a smooth paste.
  4. Using a rubber spatula transfer the pesto to a separate bowl and stir in the remaining olive oil, nutritional yeast, and lemon juice.
  5. Add salt and pepper, to taste.

Fresh pesto can be stored in an air tight container topped with a bit of olive oil for up to 5 days. Alternately, you can put the pesto into ice cube trays, pop them out when frozen, and put into a freezer safe container for individual portions.


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