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Vegan Pesto

Easy Vegan Basil Pesto

$2.96 recipe | $0.30 serving
This easy vegan basil pesto is so quick to put together, you won't believe what you've been missing. Made with cashews, garlic, and fresh basil, this twist on a classic will have your friends asking for the recipe!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Sauce
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Mediterranean, Vegan
Servings 10 servings
Calories 85 kcal

Equipment

  • High speed blender or food processor

Ingredients
 

  • 1 ½ cups fresh basil, packed ($1.50)
  • cup vegan parmesan ($0.64)
  • 2 cloves garlic ($0.08)
  • 1-2 tbsp lemon juice ($0.09)
  • cup olive oil ($0.64)
  • 2-4 tbsp water ($0.00)
  • Sea salt to taste ($0.01)

Instructions
 

  • Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender or food processor, except the olive oil. Blend on medium until a paste has formed, then slowly add in the oil.
  • Blend on medium-high for another 1-2 minutes, or until you reach your desired consistency. Make sure to stop and scrape down the sides as needed.
  • Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Add lemon juice for more tang, vegan parmesan for a more cheesy flavor, garlic for more punch, or salt for more overall flavor. You can also add more water or vegetable broth in for a thinner consistency. Add in liquid 1 tbsp at a time.
  • Serve over pasta, as a pizza sauce, on wraps, sandwiches, or as part of a dip!

Notes

  • The perfect consistency is best achieved with a high-speed blender or food processor.
  • Start with 1 tbsp of lemon juice, and add the 2nd tbsp in if you like more tang like us.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Easy Vegan Basil Pesto
Serving Size
 
1 serving
Amount per Serving
Calories
85
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
8.3
g
13
%
Saturated Fat
 
1.2
g
8
%
Trans Fat
 
0
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
5.8
g
Cholesterol
 
0
mg
0
%
Sodium
 
1.6
mg
0
%
Potassium
 
62.9
mg
2
%
Carbohydrates
 
1.7
g
1
%
Fiber
 
0.6
g
3
%
Sugar
 
0.2
g
0
%
Protein
 
1.5
g
3
%
Vitamin A
 
189.9
IU
4
%
Vitamin C
 
0.8
mg
1
%
Calcium
 
9.7
mg
1
%
Iron
 
0.4
mg
2
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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