Pesto is a very popular sauce that can be used for pasta, breads, dressings and more. Most pesto sauces contain cheese and pine nuts which can be expensive. I created a vibrant and flavorful pesto that is vegan and nut/pine-nut free!
I also want to show you how to make it a vibrant green color and prevent it from turning brown. My pesto would always turn brown and I always thought it was just a thing that happened. BOY WAS I WRONG. You can actually keep it perfectly green for days, and I am going to tell you how..
What is blanching? Blanching is when you place vegetables in boiling water for a very short time. It stops enzyme reactions which can cause loss of flavor, color and texture. Blanching also removes dirt, brightens the color and helps delay loss of vitamins.
How long do I do it for?
30 seconds! You want to prep a bowl of ice cold water so that it is ready to use as soon as your basil is done boiling. Boil a small pot of water. Once it starts boiling you place your basil in the water and wait 30 seconds. Immediately transfer your basil leaves over to the ice bath for at least 2 minutes to fully cool off.
Tips and Substitutes:
If you don’t have pepitas in stock you can also use cashews, pine nuts, walnuts or almonds.
Since this is such a simple recipe I highly recommend not using substitutes for any of the other ingredients.