This vegan pesto recipe tastes surprisingly like the real thing! Toss with pasta, use as a pizza sauce or serve with bread or crackers for an appetizer. Vegan pesto is very quick and easy to make as long as you have a good food processor. This is also a raw foods recipe.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
1 1/2 cups fresh basil
1/3 cup olive oil
1 cup pine nuts (other nuts, such as almonds or walnuts may be substituted)
5 cloves garlic
1/3 cup nutritional yeast
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Combine all ingredients in a food processor until nuts are ground. Pesto should still have texture and not be completely smooth. Add more salt and pepper to taste and enjoy! One variation is to add 1/2 cup rehydrated sun-dried tomatoes. For a lower fat version replace half the oil with soy milk.
Courtesy of Jolinda Hackett at http://vegetarian.about.com/od/morerecipes/r/Veganpestorec.htm