When plain basil pesto is getting old, it's time to mix things up! This recipe adds in plenty of roasted red peppers for an interesting smoky sweetness. A little sweet, a little cheesy, and super creamy, this red pepper pesto will definitely enter your dinner rotation. Plus it can be made simply by throwing all the pesto ingredients in a blender and then pouring over your pasta of choice.

Roasted Red Pepper Pesto [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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  • 1/2 cup cashews, soaked and drained
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil
  • 1 cup roasted red peppers
  • 1 garlic clove
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • 2-3 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 pound of cooked pasta (gluten-free if necessary)


  1. Combine all ingredients (minus pasta) in a high -speed blender and blend until very smooth.
  2. Pour onto hot pasta and mix to combine.

Nutritional Information

Total Calories: 1195 | Total Carbs: 202 g | Total Fat: 25 g | Total Protein: 41 g | Total Sodium: 3310 g | Total Sugar: 20 g Note: The information shown is based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.


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