basil pesto, low fat vegan pesto

Difficulty:

EASY

Preparation Time:

5 Minutes

Cooking Time:

5 Minutes

Total Time:

10 Minutes

Servings:

1

This homemade Fresh Basil Pesto is quick and easy that requires only a few ingredients, comes together in less than 5 minutes and tastes way better than the store bought ones. As opposed to the classic pesto version, I have tried my hands at this Low Fat, Vegan and Gluten Free Basil Pesto which is equally flavorful.

Fresh Basil is a power house of antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. The traditional basil pesto recipe has pine nuts, parmesan and a good amount of olive oil into it. To keep this recipe low in fat, I have used moderate quantity of olive oil here and also skipped parmesan to make this pesto recipe Vegan.

Most Vegan Pesto recipes have nutritional yeast added to it. It gives a cheesy taste to the pesto and also mellows down the strong flavour of basil. I have skipped it here just to keep the recipe simple and easy to make with all handy ingredients available.

This Basil Pesto is so versatile and you can use it in a bunch of ways, be it in salads, sandwich, pasta, as a pizza sauce or simply as a dip with some crusty garlic bread.

The mentioned quantity in this recipe yields about half a cup of the Pesto Sauce. This quantity is sufficient for making around 7-8 sandwiches or a pesto pasta recipe for 2-3. So adjust the quantity according to servings.

Regarding storing homemade basil pesto, it generally does stay good for up to a week in the fridge and for about 3 months in the freezer. I have, however, not tried storing this particular recipe of pesto for more than 2 days in the fridge. You may try storing it for longer in an airtight container.

Ingredients:

Direction:

  • Wash the fresh basil leaves 2-3 times with clean water and remove all excess water out of it. Add the washed basil leaves, garlic cloves and black peppercorns in a mixer grinder.
  • Grind everything well till the leaves are crushed properly and you get a thick paste.
basil pesto, low fat basil pesto, vegan basil pesto
  • To the paste, add walnuts, salt and ½ tablespoon olive oil. Grind for another 1-2 mins till the walnuts are blended well.
basil pesto, low fat basil pesto, vegan basil pesto
  • Lastly add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and give a final mix in the mixer jar.
basil pesto, low fat basil pesto, vegan basil pesto
  • This is how easily our Homemade, Vegan and Low Fat Fresh Basil Pesto is ready to use. You also might want to check out my recipe of Paneer Pesto Sandwich that I have made using this Pesto Sauce Recipe.

Difficulty:

EASY

Preparation Time:

5 Minutes

Cooking Time:

5 Minutes

Total Time:

10 Minutes

Servings:

1