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Vegan Basil Cashew Pesto

  • Author: Karluci
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: vegan


Super easy vegan basil cashew pesto recipe that only requires 10 minutes
of your time. This is a great recipe for anyone who loves aromatic
pesto with pasta, salad or slice of bread.



  • 1 cup (135g, 4.8oz) raw cashews, soak
  • 3 tbsps. lemon juice
  • 3 cups (750ml) loosely packed fresh basil (30g, 1.06oz)
  • 175g (6.2oz) filtered water
  • 2 tbsps. nutritional yeast


  1. Start by soaking cashews for 2 hours. Discard the soaking water and
    rinse. For quick soaking, pour hot water over cashews and let soak for
    15 minutes. The soaked cashews will weigh about 160g (5.6oz).
  2. Next, add 3 cups of loosely packed fresh basil leaves into a beaker
    or blender. Pour in also soaked cashews, lemon juice, water and
    nutritional yeast. Blend or process the mixture with immersion blender
    until you’ve got smooth consistency.
  3. For pesto pasta salad, boil preferred
    pasta according to instructions on the package. Then drain and rinse
    with cold water. Next, pour the cooked pasta back into pot and mix in
    the basil pesto. Add also some arugula, chickpeas and cherry tomatoes or
    sun dried tomatoes. Sprinkle on some extra nutritional yeast for cheesy
    flavour and enjoy

Keywords: vegan, basil, pesto

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