Basil Pesto Pasta

Two words: pesto pasta. This classic Italian dish is easily made vegan by replacing parmesan cheese with nutritional yeast.

Serves 3 to 4 | Prep time: 5 mins | Cooking time: 0 mins


  • 1-2 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts or walnuts / sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup olive oil extra virgin
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice plus more to taste
  • 3 Tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli flakes


  1. In a food processor, blend all the above ingredients until smooth and creamy.
  2. If needed, add more of the seasoning and lemon juice to taste.
  3. To serve, mix the pesto sauce with 3-4 servings of cooked pasta. Enjoy!

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Guest Blogger Lenny Vegamelon

My name is Lenny, known as @vegamelon on Instagram! I became vegan almost four years ago, at the end of my freshman year of high school. See all recipes by Lenny

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