The Genovese Pesto is one of the cornerstones of traditional Italian cuisine whose ingredients are strictly codified. The idea of proposing Vegan Basil Pesto stems from the need to replace Parmesan and make a version also suitable for those who follow a vegan diet.
To replace the cheese, the Recipe for Vegan Pesto calls for the use of Food Yeast Flakes, that is, deactivated yeast whose flavor is reminiscent of cheese. The other ingredients, however, remain unchanged: Basilico, Garlic, Oil and Pine Nuts, as well as a generous pinch of coarse salt. The Vegan Genovese Pesto can be prepared either in a mortar, as traditionally, or with a food processor, and used to season your pasta dishes.
If you are looking for some ideas for using your freshly prepared Vegan Basil Pesto to make some tasty vegan pasta dishes, take inspiration from our recipes for the Spaghetti with Pesto and Green Beans, from the Risotto al Pesto or the scenic Bread Crown with Pesto.