Vegan Sundried Tomato Pesto

Vegan Sundried Tomato Pesto
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Vegan Pasta Gets a Promotion with this Fresh, Flavorful Pesto Sauce

I’ve never met a pasta dish I didn’t like, but I especially love pasta dishes with strong flavors. Robust tomato sauces; creamy, heavy-on-the-garlic Alfredos; briny Puttanescas. They’re all divine, but this Sundried Tomato Pesto sauce is near the top of my list.

Vegan Sundried Tomato Pesto

What Is Sun Dried Tomato Pesto Made Of?

If you like tomatoes and you like pesto sauce, then sundried tomato pesto is bound to be a homerun for you. It has all of the flavor-loaded tanginess of basil pesto sauce, coupled with a huge serving of umami (also known as savory flavors).

Tomatoes already rank high on the list of plant-based ingredients, but dry them, pack them in rich oil and then blend them into traditional pesto sauce and it’s a whole new ballgame.

Vegan Sundried Tomato Pesto

That’s right. It’s that simple. This vegan sundried tomato pesto sauce is just the addition of sundried tomatoes to my already outstanding (my words) vegan basil pesto sauce.

Is Sundried Tomato Pesto Vegan?

Typically, no. Like its basil pesto sauce cousin, recipes for sundried tomato pesto sauce include parmesan cheese. But making a plant-based pesto is easy and, with a few key ingredients, every bit as good.

Substituting Parmesan Cheese in Vegan Sundried Tomato Pesto

So, what do I use in lieu of parmesan cheese? Well, if you think about it, it’s the pungent sharpness of parmesan cheese that stands out. It’s tangy with a touch of nuttiness.

Fortunately, those flavors are not unique to parmesan cheese. Nutritional yeast (or “nooch” as vegans like to say) is a popular vegan cheese substitute. It’s got a pungency similar to a hard cheese, with just a touch of nuttiness.

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Want to learn more about nutritional yeast? Read my article: Vegan Cooking 101: What is Nutritional Yeast?

Combine that with some fresh lemon juice and blend it with traditional pesto ingredients like toasted pine nuts, salt, garlic and rich olive oil, and your tastebuds will be satisfied. I promise.

How to Serve Vegan Sundried Tomato Pesto

This stuff is good with a spoon and spread on toast, but as I mentioned earlier, pasta is a love language to me. So that’s how I recommend serving this vegan sundried tomato pesto sauce.

There are, however, a couple of tricks that I’d like to share with you to help you get the most out of this plant-based meal.

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The Pasta Shape Matters

No, it’s not life or death, but certain pasta shapes lend themselves better to certain sauces than others. As an oil-based sauce, pesto shines when it comes to coating pasta with its deliciousness. And that’s exactly what you want – any evenly coated pasta so that the ratio of sauce to pasta is perfect.

So… what should you choose? Well, pesto does best with long strands of pasta, particularly thin strands like capellini, thin spaghetti and vermicelli.

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Don’t Cook the Pesto Sauce

That’s right. Unlike most pasta preparation, you don’t want to heat up the pesto before adding the noodles to it. Why? Well, picture throwing fresh basil into a hot pan and you’ll understand. Pesto is best when the basil is fresh.

Instead, add the hot, cooked pasta is a large bowl and then add the pesto sauce. If the sauce is too thick to get a proper coating, add small amounts of water to it until every strand is… you guessed it… evenly coated.

Do You Love This Vegan Sun Dried Tomato Pesto Recipe?

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Vegan Puttanesca Sauce

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Vegan Sundried Tomato Pesto Sauce Pasta

Vegan Sundried Tomato Pesto

Looking for new ways to enjoy pasta? Then you’ve got to try this Vegan Sundried Tomato Pesto!
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Total Time 30 mins
Course dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 servings


  • 8 oz jar sundried tomatoes packed in oil
  • 2 cups fresh basil washed, dried and loosely packed
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts toasted; see Recipe Notes
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • fresh ground pepper to taste


  • Drain the sun-dried tomatoes,then roughly chop.
  • Prepare the basil by washing and drying the leaves.
  • Combine the fresh basil, garlic cloves, salt, pine nuts, nutritional yeast and crushed red pepper into your mini food processor. Blend until all ingredients have been reduced to small pieces.
  • Remove the ingredients from the food processor. Stir in the olive oil and lemon juice.
  • Add fresh ground pepper, to taste.


  • Toasting pine nuts adds to their richness. To toast pine nuts, add them to a hot, dry skillet. Stir them constantly until they just begin to brown. About 2 minutes. Then remove them from the heat immediately. Their high fat content will cause them to burn quickly.
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Herbivore’s Kitchen is a plant-based food blog started by me, a vegan home chef, cookbook author, aspiring food photographer and how-to-be-a-better-food-blogger junkie. You’ll mostly find creative and tasty vegan recipes and detailed deep dives into vegan ingredients (check out my Vegucation section) on my blog. I love knowing as much as I can about the food that I make. I’m also really into running a food blog as a business, so I’ve also got a section of my blog titled: Confessions of a Food Blogger where I get into the nitty gritty on how to build, manage, market and monetize a food blog.