With my potted basil growing like crazy and flowering, I picked a huge handful. I know that pesto usually has a lot of oil and I wondered if it could be made without it. I wasn't disappointed with this vegan oil-free basil pesto with pasta dish!
We use miso paste which gives it a tangy, umami flavor, and also offers a nice dose of healthy probiotics. Nutritional yeast is another special edition, which enhances the “cheesy” flavor, and offers a dose of B12, an essential vitamin that should be monitored when eating plant based.
Basil is an herb that people love because of its fragrance and flavor, but did you know that consuming basil also offers immune protecting punch; fights cancer, combats stress and depression and acts as an antimicrobial and antiviral. It’s no wonder Italians are so happy!
Well, I can’t believe how great this recipe turned out and thank you, Eat, Live, Run for the inspiration. I changed up a few ingredients (left our the bread crumbs and added pine nuts).
Try pesto in these plant-based recipes:
- Instant Pot Butternut Squash Risotto with Basil Pesto
- Spring Asparagus, Pea, Zucchini Soup with Pesto
- Pasta with Spinach Pesto
I served this beautiful oil-free pesto sauce over organic whole wheat pasta from Bionaturae. This pasta brand was highest rated at America’s Test Kitchen for whole wheat pasta, which has good texture and doesn’t stick together.
If you are gluten-free, you can also opt for brown rice pasta, quinoa pasta, even a fun and exotic black bean spaghetti that started showing up on the supermarket shelves.
If you would like to leave this low carb, you can most definitely leave out the pasta. You can use spiraled zucchini, baked spaghetti squash or just top or dip with your raw, lightly steamed or roasted veggies.
I also love using this pesto as a marinate before baking my tofu, and a spread to enhance my wrap or sandwich.
I am so excited when I find a way to recreate our favorites in a healthier way. This pesto recipe is super dynamic and is wonderful to store in a mason jar. This could keep for a good few weeks, using it in a variety of ways. This may become your go-to staple!
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