The Best Vegan Pesto Recipe

The Best Vegan Pesto Recipe

Looking for a good vegan pesto recipe? This basil pesto recipe is easy and super flavorful. Using nutritional yeast instead of parmesan cheese and less olive oil than traditional pesto recipes, this vegan pesto sauce bends toward healthy and works wonderfully on pasta dishes and sandwiches.  

Course Sauce
Cuisine Italian
Keyword basil pesto, how to make pesto, pesto recipe, pesto sauce, pesto sauce recipe, vegan pasta recipes
Total Time 15 minutes


Basil Pesto Sauce

  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 c. fresh basil
  • 1/4 c. pine nuts
  • 1/2 c. olive oil
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • pepper to taste


  1. Prepare your basil by washing and drying the leaves.

  2. Combine the fresh basil, pine nuts, nutritional yeast, crushed red pepper and garlic into your mini food processor. Blend until all ingredients have been reduced to small pieces.

  3. Remove the ingredients from the food processor. Stir in the olive oil and lemon juice.

  4. Add the salt & pepper, to taste. Start by adding 1/2 teaspoon of salt and a few grinds of fresh black pepper. Taste and add more salt as necessary.