Vegan Basil Pesto Recipe

vegan pesto recipe

Basil Pesto is a classic Italian sauce which has been around for more than a century at least. While I still love the original one, here is a vegan basil pesto recipe that will blow your tastebuds away!

Most basil pesto recipes use parmesan cheese and garlic. Here I have omitted both these ingredients in an effort to further simplify this recipe without compromising the flavour. Also traditionally, a pesto is made by pounding the ingredients together in a mortal and pestle which gives it a chunky texture.

Instead in this recipe I’ve blitzed the ingredients together in a blender to make it silky smooth. This pesto is very versatile and can be had as a dip with crackers; a sandwich spread or a pasta sauce! We’ve tried them all and its amazing! It’s also healthy meaning you can indulge without feeling guilty.

Check out these {Recipe Inspirations} to enjoy this pesto as a pasta sauce or a sandwich spread..

  • Chicken and Portobello Mushroom Fusilli – Drizzle 1 tbsp of olive in a large wok and sauté sliced chicken breast pieces, mushrooms and onions until cooked. Add in the cooked pasta into the wok and add two tablespoons of the prepared pesto and mix well. The water from cooking the chicken and veggies will dissolve the pesto to form a creamy sauce.

basil pesto fusili

  • Chicken/Tofu and Cucumber Sandwich – Spread 2 slices of multigrain toast with a generous helping of the pesto. Cut a cucumber in half and slice it lengthwise. Add chicken or Tofu slices with cucumber on top.





Here is the Yummly recipe card for the list of ingredients and instructions to make the Vegan Basil Pesto,

Creamy Vegan Basil Pesto

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 8 minutes

Creamy Vegan Basil Pesto


  • 1/2 cup (80g) pine nuts
  • 1 cup green peas
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3/4 bunch Italian basil leaves with stem (approx. 1 cup)
  • salt as required


  1. Cook a cup of frozen peas in boiling water for a few minutes until tender
  2. Grind together pine nuts, basil leaves, olive oil and salt
  3. Add peas and grind until creamy smooth


You can vary the nut to basil ratio depending on whether you prefer creaminess of strong basil flavour!

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Hope you enjoyed the recipe and I look forward to your comments.

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