Every once and a while I get a major craving for this pasta. I love making pesto sauces, but this one is by far my favorite because of the Nutritional Yeast. It brings out an amazing nuttiness and compliments the basil so well.
If you’ve never heard of or seen Nutritional Yeast before (you can find it in the bulk food section of your health food store), it’s good stuff…especially if you’re vegetarian, or mostly vegetarian like we are. It’s a great source of protein and amino acids, gluten-free, and is rich in B-complex vitamins and folic acid.
Here’s the recipe:
- 1 1/2 cups fresh basil
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 1 cup pine nuts (other nuts, such as almonds or walnuts may be substituted)
- 5 cloves garlic
- 1/3 cup nutritional yeast
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Throw it all in your blender and let it rip! Toss it with your favorite whole wheat pasta and eat it up on its own or add some Italian sausage or shredded chicken if you insist on not being a vegetarian despite eating a Vegan pasta!
Other ways to utilize Nutritional Yeast:
- sprinkle on salad
- add to soups or stews
- add it to your popcorn