Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Vegan Recipe of the Week - Basil Pesto/Spaghetti with Pesto & Oven Roasted Veg

I posted a few of my basil pesto pictures on my Instagram recently and had a few people ask me for the recipe so here it is complete with a meal idea.

Serves 2


40g Fresh Basil
35g Pine Nuts
55g Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 clove garlic crushed or 1 tsp Lazy Garlic
2 Tbsp Nutritional Yeast Flakes
2 tsp Lemon Juice
Sea Salt, pinch
Freshly Ground Black Pepper, pinch
Vegan Parmesan (optional)


Place the pine nuts in the food processor (with an s-blade fitted) first and pulse until coarsely ground, then add the basil leaves and garlic and pulse until combined.

If you don't have a food processor this can just as easily be made using a pestle & mortar.

With the processor running, drizzle in the extra virgin olive oil slowly, then add the lemon juice, nutritional yeast flakes and seasoning and pulse until thoroughly combined. 

If you have any vegan parmesan you can add a tablespoon at this point but it is just as good without. It stores well in the fridge for a few days.

I made my pesto the other day into this meal for me and Mr Vox:

Spaghetti with pesto and oven roasted vegetables, served with cheese and fresh basil.

Serves 2


100g dried wheat spaghetti
Basil Pesto (made from recipe above)
2 large tomatoes
4 large mushrooms
Olive oil
Italian herbs
A few basil leaves for garnish
Vegan cheese of choice, grated


Preheat the oven to 220C/200C fan. Wash and chop the tomatoes and mushrooms in half. Place them in a small roasting pan with a little olive oil and Italian herbs and salt and pepper and roast for 20 minutes turning over occasionally.

Bring a pan of salted water to the boil and add the spaghetti, simmer for around 10-12 minutes until the pasta is cooked, then drain.

Pour the pasta back into the pan and add in the pesto and stir through over a low heat. Add the oven roasted veg and the herby oil from the roasting pan and stir these through too. 

Serve in bowls with grated cheese (I used Cheezly Mozzarella Style on mine) and a few basil leaves.

This goes great with fresh crusty bread too or a delicious salad. Eat and Enjoy!

Come back next week for another Vegan Recipe of the Week, also please check out my new Recipes tab at the top of the page for a list of all of my recipes by course type.

Big Vegan Love,


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