Garlicky Basil Pesto

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This delicious pesto is quick to whip up, super flavourful and is a perfect addition to any pasta or pizza. And it couldn’t be easier to make. One bowl, 10 minutes, 6 ingredients.

Start by blending together a cup of fresh basil leaves.

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Then add garlic, pine nuts, sea salt, cracked pepper, and oil.

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Stir in some vegan parmesan cheese and you’ve got a delicious, thick, garlicky pesto that you can use right away or store in the fridge for up to a week.

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Stir it into some pasta, use on pizza instead of tomato sauce, or use it as a dip or spread.

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Garlicky Basil Pesto

Serves 2 generously


  •  1 cup basil leaves (packed down)
  • 2-5 cloves of garlic (Depending on how garlicky you like it)
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/3 cup vegan parmesan cheese
  • up to 1/2 cup olive oil
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste
  1. Toast the pine nuts in a small frying pan without oil for 5-7 minutes or until they start to brown. Stir them around every minute or so.
  2. Process the basil leaves in a food processor and then add the garlic, pine nuts and parmesan cheese.
  3. Mix again on low and slowly drizzle in the olive oil until it’s your desired consistency
  4. Stir in more parmesan cheese if desired and season with salt and pepper
  5. Serve on pasta, pizza, sandwiches or as a dip