How to make (vegan) pesto in your Vitamix
Making pesto seems a lot harder than it actually is to make.
The trick is to have the right greens to oil ratio and to have a strong blender (like a Vitamix).
Throw all of the ingredients into the container, use the tamper to push them down, and in less than a minute, you have pesto!
This pesto features kale, but you really can make it with any green (traditionally it’s basil).
Go grab some greens and make some pesto. You’ll want to put it on everything.
Pesto, presto! in our Vitamix
There’s a really lovely tradition in my family. All of the women gather to cook for big life events.
So when my brother did a vegetarian barn wedding this past summer, we decided to cater the appetizers. (Dinner was wood-grilled pizza in a traveling oven. Yum!)
Like most families, there are some members who are better cooks than others. But my Mom and her two sisters have always been at the top of the list.
My Aunt, Debbie, and her partner, Elizabeth, are especially known for their small bites. They make their own cheeses and have chickens at their home in Seattle (so you know they are serious foodies). Kale Pesto Stuffed Mushrooms was the appetizer they chose to make.
Since our gathering was in Minneapolis, Debbie & Elizabeth didn’t have any of their gear. Which means it was a perfect time to show them what an amazing tool a Vitamix can be in the kitchen.
We threw an entire bag of kale (including stems) into the Vitamix, poured in the olive oil and other ingredients and pressed start. They both watched in awe as I tamped down an obscene amount of kale in less than a minute. Pesto, presto!
Those greens were no match for the power of our Vitamix!
They stuffed their mushrooms and had plenty of time to spare for kitchen assistance.
The pesto turned out so well, we figured we’d do a vegan version on our site. So here it is, super easy, super flavorful, and super versatile. Vegan pesto. So, so good.
We used the 32 oz container because we wanted to make a small batch.
Pesto really can be used for anything. Stuff some mushrooms, top your pasta, make a pesto mayo for your sandwiches, top a pizza, marinate some veggies. It tastes amazing in all of its forms.
Go make a giant batch and use it on everything for the next week!
A versatile, flavorful and healthy sauce: Vegan pesto!
- kale - 2 cups (134 g)
- basil - 1/2 cup (13 g)
- garlic - 2 cloves
- olive oil - 1/4 cup (60 mL)
- nutritional yeast - 1 Tbsp. (9 g)
- pine nuts - 1/4 cup (34 g)
- salt & pepper - to taste
- Add ingredients to Vitamix container in order listed above
- Blend on Level 4 for 60-90 seconds
- Use the tamper to push ingredients from the corners into the blade
- Keep some texture
- Serve on pasta, sandwiches, veggies, etc.
- Snap a pic and tag lifeisNOYOKE
Useful tips for Kale Pesto
Store for up to two weeks in an airtight container in your fridge. Put it in little jars and give pesto as a gift. :)
Toss on pasta and add sautéed mushrooms, roasted pine nuts, and sun-dried tomatoes.
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