Perfect Vegan Pesto

Perfect Vegan Pesto

I feel like I’ve just had a major break-through.  I’ve made vegan pesto for years.  It’s been OK.  There would be this lovely basil plant, I would crave pesto, try some some vegan recipes and then decide to leave pesto alone for a while…  After repeating this cycle a few times, I kinda gave up on vegan pesto.  Until today….  I had extra basil in the fridge.  Couldn’t let it waste!  This time I decided to make the pesto with cashews instead of all the pine nuts and walnuts I’ve tried before.  Somehow all the other ingredients blended perfectly.  I don’t know if it is just me, but the kids and I devoured this stuff.  They crowed over it – and they HATE pesto.  I think this is a total win.  You just have to try it!!  Tell me what you think!!!

Perfect Vegan Pesto

There is some lovely vegan parmesan on this pasta too.  I totally make the recipe exactly as found here:

How To Make Vegan Parmesan Cheese

One of my next posts is going to be featuring this pesto being used on top of one of my other cravings…:-)  And no, I’m not pregnant;-).


Perfect Pesto (vegan)

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  • V
  • VG
  • GF
  • DF
Vegan Pesto
  • Difficulty:Easy
  • Prep Time:5 mins
  • Serves:8

Nutrition per portion

  • 1/2 C. Raw Cashews (Pieces are fine)
  • 4 Cloves Garlic
  • 1 tsp. Sea Salt
  • 2 T. Nutritional Yeast
  • 1 T. Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 C. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 C. Basil Leaves (pressed firmly into cup)

In a food processor or blender, grind up the cashews into a coarse meal.  Add Garlic and pulse.  Then add everything else and process until mostly smooth.  The cashews will still be just a bit chunky and that is totally ok.  In fact, I think it’s more authentic that way. Enjoy!!;-)

Now, mix it  in your pasta, top your pizza, spread on a bruschetta style sandwich, or just eat it with a spoon….

I'm so excited you are here, sharing with me the love of yummy vegan food! I'd love to hear your thoughts and see pics of the recipes that you make!


  1. Alyce

    I made this today and it was perfect. Like you, I’ve been on a quest for an awesome pesto recipe and I’ve tried the pine nuts and the walnuts, but I’ve never even considered cashews. That’s genius! This recipe is the perfect balance of salty, tangy and slightly sweet (from the cashews). I put it on a yummy grilled veggie sandwich and we were happy campers.

    1. Rebecca

      Yeay! So glad you liked it! Sounds like a super yummy sandwich idea, too!

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