Vegan Pesto Pasta

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This simple and delicious Creamy Basil Pesto Pasta recipe is great for a quick meal that will be ready in 10 minutes. If you aren't a fan of tomato sauce on your pasta then this recipe is for you. Walnuts, basil, mint, garlic, yeast flakes, olive oil, and salt makes the perfect fragrant and mouthwatering homemade pesto.

Vegan Pesto Pasta

My children love pasta, and when I'm busy and in need of a quick and healthy recipe, my vegan pasta recipes are always my go-to recipes. Some of my favorite vegan pasta recipes are Vegan Rasta Pasta, Instant Pot Chili Mac And Cheese, Vegan Mac And Cheese, and Easy Vegan Rotini Pasta Recipe.

Vegan Pesto Pasta recipe is also very quick and easy to prepare. You can whip this pasta recipe up in minutes if you make your pesto ahead of time. Basically, you will only need to prepare your pasta, prep your tomatoes while your pasta is cooking, and toss the ingredients together once you have drained your pasta. Now that's pretty cool!

Vegan Pesto Pasta

Now that it's hot and sunny here in Florida, my herb garden is thriving. Adding fresh mint to my pesto gives a slight refreshing undertone, and I got to pick fresh basil and mint from my garden to make my homemade pesto recipe. You can also include other herbs of your choice, such as cilantro, parsley, and wood sorrel. Go ahead and get creative in the kitchen.

If you don't have any available mint, make my Vegan Kale Pesto to add to your pasta instead.

I like using walnuts instead of the traditional pine nuts for my creamy pesto pasta. 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. Read more about the Health Benefits of Walnuts here.

Overlay vegan pesto pasta, in a ream bowl on a wooden background with grape tomatoes, basil and mint leaves on a wooden cutting board

Pesto Pasta Ingredients

  • Fusilli Pasta - I used gluten-free vegan brown rice fusilli from Trader Joes.
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Vegan Pesto - homemade or store-bought.
  • Vegan Parmesan - homemade or store-bought.

How To Make Pesto Pasta?

  1.  Place a large pot of water with 1 teaspoon of salt to boil over the stove at medium-high heat. Meanwhile, prepare the pesto sauce.
  2.  In a food processor, add walnut, fresh basil, fresh mint, extra-virgin olive oil, nutritional yeast flakes, water, lemon juice, garlic, and salt. Process until pesto sauce is at your desired texture. Set aside.
  3. Add pasta to boiling water and cook the pasta according to the package directions. While the pasta is boiling, cut your tomatoes in halves. Drain pasta using a colander, and rinse with cold water. Transfer pasta to a large bowl. 
  4. Mix pasta with pesto and stir to coat pasta. Sprinkle vegan parmesan on top and add tomatoes and basil to garnish. 
  5. Serve immediately, or this pesto pasta can be stored in a covered container in the refrigerator for 3 days.

What Goes With Pesto Pasta?

This is the best pesto pasta recipe ever, so fresh and flavorful. Serve it with salad greens or:

Easy vegan pesto pasta, in a ream bowl on a wooden background with grape tomatoes, basil and mint leaves on a wooden cutting board

 

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Nutrition

Energy:
554 kcal / 2316 kJ
Fat:
32 g
Protein:
20 g
Carbs:
51 g
Per serving

Cooking Time

Preparation:
5 min
Cooking:
10 min
Ready in:
15 min
For:
4 Servings

Ingredients

Vegan Pesto Sauce

Instructions

  1.  Place a large pot of water with 1 teaspoon of salt to boil over the stove at medium-high heat. Meanwhile, prepare the pesto sauce.
  2.  In a food processor, add walnut, water, extra-virgin olive oil, fresh basil, fresh mint, nutritional yeast flakes, lemon juice, garlic, and salt. Process until pesto sauce is at your desired texture. Set aside.
  3. Add pasta to boiling water, and cook the pasta according to the package directions. While the pasta is boiling, cut your tomatoes in halves. Drain pasta using a colander, and rinse with cold water. Transfer pasta to a large bowl. 
  4. Mix pasta with pesto, and stir to coat pasta. Sprinkle vegan parmesan on top, and add tomatoes and basil to garnish. Serve immediately, or this pesto pasta can be stored in a covered container in the refrigerator for 3 days.

Michelle Blackwood

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.

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4 Comments
  1. Elisabeth
    July 21, 2019

    First time I made pesto, and this was absolutely incredible! So full of flavours! I doubled the recipe so I’ll be eating pasta for dinner for the next five days, lol!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      July 21, 2019

      I’m happy you found my recipe Elisabeth and you are enjoying it, thank you for sharing your feedback.

  2. Kenneth
    June 2, 2019

    One of the best pesto I have had, thank you