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Best Vegan Pesto Recipe Ever

Servings8 ServingsPrep Time15 minsCook Time15 minsTotal Time30 mins

We call this the BEST vegan pesto recipe ever! is. We've tried LOTS of pesto in the Planted Table kitchen and nothing beats this version. The nutritional yeast combined with almonds gives it a real nutty, savory flavor. This classic sauce is perfect on pasta, pizzas and more. Plus, kids love it too!

 2 Large Bunches of BasilRemove from stems for 1 really full cup, packed
 ½ cup Chopped Frozen Organic SpinachDrained
 ½ cup Slivered Almonds
 ¼ cup Pine NutsReserve some for garnish
 1 tbsp Lemon Zest
 2 tbsp Lemon Juice
 5 Roasted Garlic Cloves
 ¼ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
 ¼ cup Nooch
 Salt to taste(optional)

Preheat oven to 375°


Fill a small pot with boiling water, set up a bowl with mostly ice and some water. This is your blanching station. Place basil leaves in boiling water for 30 seconds, once it turns bright in green color remove from water and place immediately into ice bath. This shocks the basil and keeps it green.

Blanch basil to keep its freshness


On a sheet tray place pine nuts and almonds. Place in preheated oven for 3-4 minutes and set a timer, you learn this the hard way so trust me.


In the bottom of the blender add nuts, nooch, spinach, lemon zest and basil. Turn blender on low, drizzle in lemon juice and oil, turn up the speed a bit until desired texture. Add a sprinkle of salt. Taste for seasoning and add more salt if needed. If you cannot yet taste the cheesy flavor of the nooch, add a bit more. Salt brings all the flavors together.


Pour into 1 cup mason jars date and freeze until ready to use, defrosts in 1 hour on the counter or in the fridge over night.

Best vegan pesto recipe

Nutrition Facts

Servings 8

Amount Per Serving
Calories 118
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g17%

Saturated Fat 1g5%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 11mg1%
Potassium 38mg2%
Total Carbohydrate 2g1%

Dietary Fiber 1g4%
Sugars 0g
Protein 3g6%

Vitamin A 11%
Vitamin C 5%
Calcium 2%
Iron 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.