Spinach-Basil Pesto Pasta // Vegan Recipes

Happy Friday! If you’re new here, Fridays are for food on this blog! Let’s catch up. For the past few months I have been researching veganism and things that go with it. More recently, I went Vegan. Cold turkey. Or I guess you could say cold Tofurkey. Yes, I have dry humor. Moving on.

If you’re not new here, welcome back!

Listen, the past twelve days have been an up and down roller-coaster. I’ve tried some really great dishes and I’ve tried some honest-to-God nasty dishes. But what can you expect from someone who didn’t follow the recipe? I like to tweak recipes because there’s certain things I don’t like and because I have a weird problem where I feel like re-writing someone else’s recipe is complete plagiarism even if I give them credit for it. So, for future reference, please know that all recipes I may share have been tweaked by me, and if I happened to follow a recipe very specifically, then you will see bucket loads of links to people and website. Yes, it’s that serious.



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Anyways, two days ago I landed on the holy grail of pasta dishes, and I just had to share it because….ummm…pasta?!? If I could marry a food, all signs point to pasta.

Pesto is amazing because I feel like it can go with anything. In fact, I don’t believe I’ve ever had anything with pesto in it that didn’t taste incredible. True fact. If you like pesto even anywhere near as much as I do then you’ll love this recipe. It’s quick, it’s easy, it’s friggin’ pesto.


Spinach-Basil Pesto Pasta.jpgFor the pesto:

  • 6 cups of loosely packed Spinach leaves
  • Small bunch of basil, stems chopped off
  • 1/4 cup of Unsweetened Non-Dairy Milk. I used Almond Milk.
  • 1/2 of a lemon, squeezed
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

For the rest of the dish:

  • 1 box of pasta, my choice was shells
  • Olive oil
  • 1/2 of a yellow onion
  • 1 tbsp. of Minced Garlic
  • 1/2 cup of Reserved Pasta Water


Cook the pasta!

  1. Add water to a pot and add a generous amount of salt. Cook the pasta according to the package directions. When draining, reserve about a 1/2 cup of pasta water.Β Do not rinse pasta.

Make the pesto.

  1. In a blender or food processer, add the spinach, basil, non-dairy milk, lemon juice, salt and pepper, and pulse. You’ll definitely need to take breaks between pulses to scrape the sides. When spinach and basil leaves are finely chopped/blended, you’re done!


  1. In a medium sized pan, heat some olive oil over medium heat and add the yellow onion and garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion starts to change color and the garlic is fragrant.

Put it all together.

  1. After I rinsed the pasta, I put it back in the pot to stay warm. The pot also has enough room to mix everything together.
  2. Add onion to the pot with the pasta.
  3. Add the pesto sauce and reserved water.
  4. Stir and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer until the pesto thickens slightly and it warm throughout the whole pot.
  5. Remove from heat and plate while hot.


Storing Instructions:

Before storing leftovers, add a slight drizzle of olive oil. You can keep in the fridge for up to 3 days.


This recipe was so good that Trey went back for seconds. Look, you don’t have to be a vegan to enjoy this easy and delicious meal, any non-vegan would love this!


If at any point you try any of the recipes I make, please share it with me using the hashtag #bftbrecipes and tag me on social medias!

I’m also seriously considering making and selling a recipe book. I’d love to here from you on whether or not you think this is a good idea. Of course, the cook book would be 100% vegan and all personally tried and tested by me!




5 Comments Add yours

  1. April says:

    Looks delish. Try throwing a handful of walnuts in your pesto for added protein.


    1. klolszewski says:

      The original recipes wanted me to use cashews but I didn’t have any. Plus, I would have had to soak them for at least 4 hours…
      I’ll probably add them next time I make this.


  2. Pesto pasta is my ultimate fav!!! Looks delish πŸ’š

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