This classic Italian dish is easily made vegan by replacing parmesan cheese with nutritional yeast.

Easy Basil Pesto [Vegan]

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


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


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