I love this pesto recipe and I’ve been asked for it so often, I decided it would be easiest to put it on my site. I love to toss it with a whole grain pasta, tomatoes and my cashew parmesan to make a simple, healthy and dairy-free dish.

The vegan pesto is quite simple to make in a food processor or blender and obtains its cheesy flavor from vitamin b rich nutritional yeast combined with the umami flavor of miso paste. Walnuts provide a richness and basil adds a freshness with slight sweetness.

The pasta is amazing with a? sprinkle of this plant-based cashew parmesan. This plant-based parmesan is a great topper for pizza, salads, avocado toast and pasta in general.

The best part about the pesto and parmesan is they are made from totally whole foods plant based ingredients. This means they are high in dietary fiber, devoid of highly processed ingredients and cholesterol, high in antioxidants and phytonutrients, and totally health promoting. Hope you enjoy and be sure to let me know how you like the recipes in the comments.

With warm wishes to you xo,

Diana

Pesto Pasta with FreshTomatoes

This dairy-free plant-based pesto is always a big hit and perfect served with pasta and fresh tomatoes for a fresh and healthy salad. I love to use a whole grain pasta, such as garbanzo, brown rice or whole wheat, to boost the nutritional profile even more.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Main Dish, Salad
Cuisine Plant-based, Vegan
Servings 3 people

Ingredients
  

For Everything but the Pesto

  • 1 cup quartered cherry tomatoes
  • 14 oz pasta e.g. spaghetti, fettuccini, penne or ziti

For the pesto

  • 6 cups ( 4 oz package) cups fresh basil leaves stems removed
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 2 tbs light colored miso
  • 2/3 cup nutritional yeast
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp Salt or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper or to taste
  • 1/4 cup Beantown Kitchen's cashew parmesan optional

Instructions
 

  • Boil a large pot of water and then cook the pasta according to package instructions.
  • While the pasta is cooking, in a blender or food processor, blend basil (except for a few leaves set aside for garnish), garlic, walnuts, miso, lemon juice, water, salt and pepper until well combined.
  • Once pasta is cooked, drain in a colander and return to the cooking pot or a large serving bowl.
  • Toss in the pesto and cherry tomatoes.
  • Serve garnished with basil, cut into thin ribbons and a sprinkle of Beantown Kitchen's cashew parmesan, if desired.

Notes

This pesto is also amazing spread on crackers or toast with a plant-based cheese such as Miyoko's Smoked Farmhouse or Kite Hill Ricotta, cherry tomatoes and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.
Keyword pesto
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