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vegan pesto

you know what's better than homemade pesto?  NOTHING!  i want to eat it by the spoonful it's just so damn yummy!  it's also brilliantly simple- you'll kick yourself for not making it before.  there are a million and one things to do with it once you've got it, and tomorrow i'll post my first suggestion. as with all simple recipes- use the highest quality and freshest ingredients you can get your mitts on. and lastly: anyone who thinks you need parmesan cheese to make an incredible pesto is dead wrong. save money, your arteries and cows- try it vegan!

the what:

3 cups fresh basil, sans stems

1/2 cup olive oil

1/2 cup pine nuts

4 small/medium cloves of garlic

sea salt

the how: throw it all in a food processor and blend.  add salt to taste. show no restraint. 

Reader Comments (11)

Pesto is one of the best things on earth (and on pasta, a baguette...)
I made a basil/pine nut based one for the first time just recently, it did not disappoint :)

Though these versions are not vegan, they are my favorites:

08/20/12 | 7:0 PM | Unregistered Commentermaggie

Ooh, I need to start making my own pesto, thanks for the inspiration!

08/20/12 | 10:23 PM | Unregistered Commentermichelle

I love pesto! And making your own is actually so simple... I like the fact that I'm in control of what I put in my pesto. For example, high quality olive oil instead of sunflower oil, which is what they most often use in the ones you buy. I love that your recipe is vegan!

08/21/12 | 12:11 AM | Unregistered CommenterLinn

I'm not very good with dairy, so I love you forever for this recipe!

08/21/12 | 12:43 AM | Unregistered CommenterRachel

yay! i'm so happy ya'll are into this one. it's seriously SO good!

08/21/12 | 8:45 AM | Registered Commentersarah yates

This looks delicious, nothing quite says summer like pesto!


08/22/12 | 11:49 AM | Unregistered CommenterALISON

Made your pesto for an impromptu dinner with friends...served with cheese tortellini and fresh french bread baguette (I know NOT vegan, but still) easy and SUCH a hit. Thanks for making me look like a modern-day Martha!! ;)

09/04/12 | 11:8 AM | Unregistered CommenterErin

How long will this last in the fridge?

05/07/13 | 10:15 AM | Unregistered Commentersara

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