Yummy Vegan Pesto Classico

Yummy Vegan Pesto Classico


"This is a classic recipe I use and love. Nutritional yeast is substituted for the traditionally used dairy. Tasty on pasta, bread, sandwiches, omelets, etc. Try adding sun-dried tomato slices post-completion for an added boost of rich flavor. P.S. - It also freezes beautifully."


15 m servings 106 cals
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Original recipe yields 16 servings



  • Calories:
  • 106 kcal
  • 5%
  • Fat:
  • 10.6 g
  • 16%
  • Carbs:
  • 1.7g
  • < 1%
  • Protein:
  • 2.2 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium:
  • 1 mg
  • < 1%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Place the pine nuts in a skillet over medium heat, and cook, stirring constantly, until lightly toasted.
  2. Gradually mix the pine nuts, olive oil, garlic, nutritional yeast, and basil in a food processor, and process until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.
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  1. 52 Ratings


I have made this recipe three different times; it's THAT good! First, I made it according to directions and ingredients. Then, the second time, I ran out of basil, so I added some kale, and it w...

I hesitate to rate this recipe because I made it with baby arugula, not basil. Other than that one substitution, I followed the recipe as written. Really excellent pesto - and I imagine it wou...

Love it! Great on pasta, pizza, just about anything! I needed more than one bunch of supermarket basil, though. What a great option for vegans!

Delicious and easy. Really didn't taste any difference between this and regular pesto. I made it with fettuccini, sundried tomatoes, mixed mushrooms, artichokes and baked italian tofu and it w...

A burst of taste, delicious recipe! I forgot to add garlic even though I love it, and probably that's why the nuances of ingredients' taste were so strikingly highlighted. I also added a couple...

My whole family loves this one. It's a tricky way to get them to eat raw green vegetables!

yummy! I followed the suggestions of the other reviewers and added in other greens (parsley & swiss chard, what I had on hand). The nutritional yeast gives it a good flavor, and doesn't taste ...

Yummy!! I'm too cheap for pine nuts so I used walnuts; I'm sure pine nuts would have tasted much better!

Great recipe! Needs more basil than just one bunch! Arugula or spinach or a hint of mint is nice too.