Friday, March 4, 2011

Pesto Sauce

In my next post, I will share a pesto pizza recipe to go with this pesto.  So stay tuned!  Now a word on Nutritional Yeast.  I use this in several recipes calling for Parmesan cheese.  It mimics the look, texture and taste of Parmesan.  Nutritional Yeast is not the same as live yeast you buy to make bread. I've only been able to find it at Whole Foods.  I buy it in bulk and store it in the fridge.  It contains vitamins, minerals, protein and folic acid.  It has minimal sodium and saturated fat (1% or less!) and zero cholesterol.  You can't say all that about Parmesan.  Of course you can buy pre-made pesto, but it has so much sodium and other yuckies that clog veins.  Give this a try;  it tastes even better than store-bought and it's fun to make.  Thanks toVegan Heartland for this simple and delicious recipe:

Makes about 1/2 cup of pesto

2 cups basil leaves, rinsed
1/4 cup pine nuts
2 garlic cloves, chopped a little
2 T nutritional yeast
Pinch of salt and pepper
If you like heat, add a dash of cayenne

Place all ingredients into food processor or blender.  While blending, stream in good quality olive oil.  Not sure how much because I do it by consistency, but it's about 1/4 -1/3 cup.  Enjoy on pasta, pizza and as a sandwich spread instead of mayo!


Lori said...

Can you use the nutritional yeast like you might Parmesan - say on top of a salad or pasta?

Eating Smart (Tracy) said...


Anonymous said...

that looks so easy. i will have to try it!

Gourmet Cooking On A Dime said...

We LOVE pesto! : )

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