Come on y’all, I’m pretty sure no one will disagree when I say pasta is a staple vegan dish! There’s so many types of noodles, sauces and mix-ins available to us. The wonderful world of pasta is truly endless! Today I’m sharing an easy pesto pasta recipe that you can whip up for dinner any night of the week.
The pesto is made with a few simple ingredients, including raw walnuts. I also have a dope recipe for vegan gnudi with walnut sage pesto! It’s like this recipe, but the pasta is more of a ravioli/gnocchi type. Give it a go if you enjoy the flavors of this recipe! Check out the easy pesto pasta in video form or keep scrolling for the full recipe and instructions.
easy pesto pasta
This is a super tasty and easy pasta dish to whip up for dinner during the week! The pesto is made with a few simple ingredients, including raw walnuts and basil.
- 1 1/2 C raw walnuts
- 2 1/2 C basil leaves
- 1/4 C lemon juice
- 3 garlic cloves
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- 1/4 C olive oil
- 280 g lasagna noodles, broken by hand (or pasta of your choice)
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 vine tomato, diced
- 2 tbsp vegan parmesan
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta to al dente (it takes approximately 10 minutes), then drain from the cooking water but do not rinse!
Meanwhile in a food processor, combine all the ingredients for the walnut pesto, except the olive oil. Once the machine is running and the walnuts and other ingredients start to come together to form a fine meal, drizzle the olive oil through the spout as the food processor is running. You may need to stop and push the pesto back down toward the blade with a spatula, and then start up the machine again. Combine until smooth and set aside.
Heat a large pan over medium-low heat with 1/2 a tablespoon of olive oil and add the cooked pasta and all the pesto. Stir to coat well and heat through for approximately 3 to 4 minutes. Then add another 1/2 a tablespoon of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of vegan parmesan and continue tossing over the heat until well combined.
Portion out pasta into serving dishes and top with diced tomato, more vegan parmesan, and freshly ground black pepper to taste.