Creamy Basil Pesto Pasta

This simple and delicious recipe is great for a quick meal that will be ready in 10 minutes.

Creamy Basil Pesto Pasta

I like using walnuts instead of the traditional pine nuts. Walnuts contain fiber, Vitamin B, Vitamin E, melatonin (which aids in sleep), and are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids.

Omega-3 fats are important in cell wall production throughout the body. They lower LDL cholesterol and help regulate heart rhythm, which protects against heart attacks.

Creamy Basil Pesto Pasta

I also included mint, which gives a slight refreshing undertone. You can also include other herbs of your choice, such as cilantro, parsley, and wood sorrel. Go ahead and get creative in the kitchen .

I used 16 ounces of cooked Trader Joes Brown Rice Pasta and the amount of salt was just right. Please adjust according to your taste. You can also substitute the oil for water.

Check out my unique Creamy Lentil Pasta and my Rigatoni with Sundried Tomato recipe!

  • Ingredients:
  • 4 cups gluten-free pasta of choice
    1 cup walnuts
  • 1 cup fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh mint leaves
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

Bring water to boil in a large pot on medium-high heat. Add pasta and cook according to package directions. Remove from heat, drain and set aside.

For the pesto: Place ingredients in a food processor or blender. Process until smooth or crumbly. Stir into pasta and serve.

Pesto is great as a base on pizza, as a dip for raw vegetables, as a sandwich spread, over potatoes, in soups, and on pasta (what I used for lunch).
Creamy Basil Pesto Pasta

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  1. Savanna @ Gluten Free Vegan Pantry

    I love basil so this recipe looks divine! Can’t wait to try it!

  2. Florian @ContentednessCooking

    I love pesto! This looks incredibly delicious perfect with a bowl of gluten free pasta!

  3. Marlynn @UrbanBlissLife

    Mmm…I love pesto. This looks like a nice comforting meal to ease into the weekend!

  4. What a delicious dip!! Love the combinaton of flavours – perfect for a yummy creamy pasta! Thanks a lot for sharing this on my space :)

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