plant based pesto

If you love pesto, you have to try this recipe. I talk a lot about umami in my recipes, and this one is full of it. 

There are a couple of ingredients in here that may be head scratchers. White miso? Nutritional yeast? You want me to eat WHAT?! But I promise you, that these flavors combine to make this most savory, cheesy, creamy pesto with none of the dairy, and none of the oil.

White Miso??? Yes, my friends. It's not just for soup. I mean, it is for soup. But it's for so much more. This is just packed full of salty and savory flavor. It's a fermented soybean paste (BUT DON'T THINK ABOUT THAT) and it's not only packed with probiotics, but deep deep savory flavor that would normally come with parm. 

NUTRITIONAL YEAST?!?! You probably have a vegan friend, right? I bet they have told you about this stuff. It's golden, powdery, cheesy, savory... and it's PERFECT for this recipe. I also use it in basically ALL of my savory recipes because it adds depth without any strong flavor profile. I never have my kitchen without this stuff. Never.

The tahini was an accident. One day I was out of all nuts. ALL OF THEM! I spotted some tahini in my fridge that I love to use for a quick sauce in my buddha bowls or toss into my hummus. I decided to give it a shot and since that day I haven't turned back. Every pesto I make has tahini. You'd never know. My husband fancies himself to have a very particular palate. He's a sommelier, after all. He's trained long and hard to pick out little delicate notes in flavors and aromas. He never knew I was using tahini in my pesto. He never knew this pesto was vegan, oil free, and full of whole healthy ingredients.

I love this pesto on noodles, as a base of a pizza, on top of grain bowls or rice. It comes together in a FLASH and is totally worth buying a couple of ingredients to have on hand. I use white miso and nutritional yeast in a LOT of my recipes. They add flavor where high point cheeses and creamy things used to reside.

This pesto is incredibly low in points. It has 5 points in the whole batch. It makes around a cup of pesto, which means it is 0 pts per tablespoon. For 1/4 cup of pesto it is 1 point. What?!?

Enjoy this one. It's worth it.


makes 1 cup of pesto
1pt per 1/4 cup

1.5 cups packed basil leaves
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1 tbsp white miso
Juice of 1/2 lemon
2 cloves garlic, peeled
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
2 tbsp tahini
1/4 cup water

Combine all ingredients in a blender and pulse to combine. 


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