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Classic Pesto


You have lots of options with this pesto! Top your bean pasta, try it as a dip, spread it on a wrap or use it as a sauce for your favorite vegetables.

  • Recipe
  • My Notes
  • Nutrition Facts
  • Ratings & Comments (5)


2 cups fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup pine nuts (or walnuts)
4-6 cloves garlic or to taste
1/4 cup unsweetened soy, hemp or almond milk, or as needed
2 tablespoons lemon juice or to taste
freshly ground black pepper, to taste


In a food processor with an s-blade, process the basil, pine nuts and garlic until a fairly smooth, thick paste forms. With the machine running, pour in non-dairy milk until you achieve a smooth sauce. Add the lemon juice, nutritional yeast and black pepper and process until a very smooth consistency is achieved.

Refrigerate until ready to use.

My Notes: (Click Edit to enter your notes about this recipe)

Serves 6

Per Serving:

Calories 87
Protein 7 g
Carbohydrates 5 g
Sugars 0 g
Total Fat 4.5 g
Saturated Fat 0.4 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 12 mg
Fiber 2.6 g
Beta-Carotene 441 ug
Vitamin C 5 mg
Calcium 57 mg
Iron 1.3 mg
Folate 13 ug
Magnesium 39 mg
Potassium 96 mg
Zinc 2.6 mg
Selenium 0.4 ug

My Rating: 
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07/06/2021 07:39 PM

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I am hoping this can be frozen. Has anyone tried?

EatingforLife replies:

07/06/2021 07:41 PM

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I'm sure you can freeze it just fine. I tried the one with arugula. It's a bit bitter. This one looks better.


07/07/2021 08:04 PM

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This is very good. The only change I made was to use pea protein milk, unsweetened of course, because that is what I had. I don't think it made a difference. I will definitely make this again. I would give it 5 stars if I could figure out how to do it.


07/07/2021 08:07 PM

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Well I guess I figured it out??


07/31/2022 11:04 PM

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This is the best no-oil pesto! I've tried quite a few others over the last couple of years. My husband liked it, too.


10/08/2023 03:01 PM

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This pesto is delicious! Not a fan of pine nuts so I used walnuts and it's super tasty. I've got a bumper crop of basil to harvest so more batches on the way! Might freeze in ice cube trays for future use.