Vegan Pesto Pasta

Pesto pasta must be one of my favorite meals! It’s easy, quick, and so delicious! The best part about making this at home is that you get to choose your own fresh ingredients to make it. This homemade vegan pesto pasta will take your weekly meals by storm.
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Unfortunately, most ready-made pesto sauces available today have parmesan cheese in them making them not-vegan-friendly. But do not worry because you can easily make your own delicious vegan pesto at home and enjoy it whenever you please!

A bowl of vegan pesto pasta served on a cutting board surrounded by various pesto ingredients.

Why You Should Make Vegan Pesto Pasta

Ok, let’s settle this. Making this recipe takes zero cooking skills and minimum time, so if you can’t cook for your life, then this is will become your go-to! When your fridge is almost empty, and you come home starving or when you want to impress your friends with a fancy meal, pesto pasta will be there for you. Isn’t that awesome? Take note!

Ingredients for vegan pesto sauce in a food processor.

Which Pasta To Use with Pesto

We need to get serious. Choosing which pasta to cook is serious business, friends.

Here are some of the options:

  • Penne
  • Spaghetti
  • Linguini
  • Fettuccini
  • Pappardelle
  • Bow Ties
  • Macaroni

…and beyond. Pesto pairs with most pasta shapes, but it’s best to avoid those that are too large.

My favorite is spaghetti! There’s something about the pesto running through the long noodles that makes it perfect and just classic. What’s your favorite?

You can even use different types of noodles than the traditional wheat pasta. There are loads of healthy noodle options out there now. Try chickpea pasta for more protein and fiber or hearts of palm noodles for a low calorie option.

Should I Eat Pesto with Dry Pasta or Fresh Pasta?

This will depend solely on your preference. Dry pasta is so easy-peasy and always readily available. But when you can get your paws on some fresh pasta, that always adds an extra special touch. If you want to feel like you’re sitting in a small restaurant in Italy, then get yourself some nice fresh fettuccini.

Just beware—eggs or other non-vegan ingredients that can often find their way into fresh pasta!

Different Ways To Use Pesto

The best part about a classic and simple recipe is that you can use it for so many different meals. We actually originally published this as a classic vegan pesto sauce recipe to be used for any number of purposes!

You could use it as a spread for a veggie sandwich or as a base or topping for your homemade pizza. Amazing! You can basically use it on anything, and that’s the beauty of it.

This recipe is so easy and versatile you’ll enjoy it all the way through. From picking the fresh ingredients to preparing the pesto and mixing it with the pasta, to eating it and showing off in front of your friends and family. This vegan pesto pasta is a must-try!

Vegan pesto sauce mixed into linguine pasta with vegetables on a plate.

More Vegan Pasta Recipes

Want more Italian-inspired pasta dishes? Try some of these mouth-watering meals:

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Vegan Pesto Pasta

Author: World of Vegan
5 from 7 votes
This super-easy vegan pesto pasta could become your weekday dinner of choice. If you prep pesto ahead of time, you might be able to have a fantastic dinner in a matter of 10 minutes. 
A bowl of vegan pesto pasta served on a cutting board surrounded by various pesto ingredients.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2

Ingredients

For the vegan pesto

  • ¼ cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ¼ cup toasted pine nuts
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • pinch sea salt
  • pinch black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon water

For the pasta

  • 9 ounces vegan pasta, tagliatelle is ideal
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ red onion
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 zucchini, about 4 ounces
  • ½ cup fresh spinach
  • 1 tablespoon toasted pine nuts
  • 2 tablespoons vegan pesto, from recipe above

Instructions

For the vegan pesto

  • Put all the ingredients for the pesto into a food processor (or blender) and blitz. Don’t overdo it otherwise it will become like a puree. It should have some chunks of basil left. Set aside.

For the pasta

  • Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the package.
  • In another pan, start with heating up the oil. When it’s nice and hot, add the finely sliced red onion and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Now add the frozen peas with the sliced zucchini (¼ of an inch slices) and cook for another 3 minutes.
  • Add the spinach and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • When the pasta is ready, drain it and add it straight into the pan. Turn off the heat and add the pesto in and mix nicely until it coats all the pasta.
  • Serve with some sprinkled pine nuts on top and enjoy!

Notes

Storage – Store leftover pesto sauce separately in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 10 days. See article above for different ideas for using pesto sauce! Leftover pesto pasta can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Nutrition

Calories: 910kcal | Carbohydrates: 112g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 41g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 11g | Monounsaturated Fat: 16g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 187mg | Potassium: 974mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 2001IU | Vitamin C: 53mg | Calcium: 128mg | Iron: 6mg
Course — Main Course
Cuisine — Italian
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Vegan Pesto Pasta photos and recipe by Zhoro Apostolov from Top Food Facts for World of Vegan. Article edited by Rachel Lessenden. Recipe and photographs copyright of World of Vegan™, all rights reserved.

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13 comments
  1. 5 stars
    Delicious pesto dish!! Looks amazing

  2. Andrea White says:

    5 stars
    This pesto pasta is something special! So delicious and packed with protein too!

  3. 5 stars
    This dish is perfect for spring. Love the vibrant color and it tastes so good!

  4. 5 stars
    Pasta is my weakness and this recipe is delicious!

  5. Beatriz Buono-Core says:

    5 stars
    My 10 year old’s favorite dish ever!

  6. 5 stars
    Delicious! We’ve made this pasta multiple times and it’s always soo good!

  7. So simple and delicious!

  8. Delicious, creamy and so easy to make. A staple in our house.

  9. I can never get enough of this dish! Yum!

  10. Pesto pasta is one of my all-time favorite meals! It’s also great with walnuts instead of pine nuts for a more budget-friendly swap 🙂

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