Print Recipe

Oil Free Vegan Basil Pesto

Prep Time15 mins
Course: sauce, Side Dish
Cuisine: Plant Based
Keyword: Oil Free, Plant Based, Vegan, Whole Food Plant Based



  • 2 cups packed fresh basil(large stems removed)
  • 3 Tbsp pine nuts or walnuts(if nut-free, try sunflower seeds!)
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 3-4 Tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 3 cloves(large) garlic(peeled)
  • ¼ tsp sea salt(plus more to taste)
  • 2-3 Tbsp oil free veggie stock or water


  • Add the basil, nuts, garlic, lemon juice, nutritional yeast and sea salt to a food processor or blender and blend/mix on high until a loose paste forms.
  • Add veggie stock or water a little at a time (streaming in while the machine is running if possible) and scrape down sides as needed. Add more in tiny amounts to achieve the desired consistency.
  • Taste and adjust flavor as needed (more nutritional yeast for a “cheesy” taste, more lemon or garlic for pizzazz, etc. Experiment and make it your OWN!)


Serving: 1oz