Easy + Budget Friendly Walnut Pesto
.For the month of May, Banza is hosting a month-long Instagram recipe contest, they will be posting only plant-based pasta recipes. They’re not a vegan company, but they want to show eating a healthy plant-based diet can be tasty. I was so stoked when my package came to make a plant-based dish and enter the contest. Making plant-based Banza dishes is something I already do all the time, but I’m stepping it up. During my internship, one of my roommates and I made a walnut pesto that was delicious. I love the use of walnuts in this way because it is a good source of Omega-3s and plant-based protein.
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Before last year I thought pesto was weird. Actually, I didn’t even know what it was. I knew it went on pasta sometimes, but other than that I was clueless. I had no idea what was in it, or how to make it. Though, one time I did see a jar in the refrigerated section, it had dairy so I never went back to that.
My pesto game changed when I moved into a house for my internship. I learned that pesto uses fresh herbs and spices and has a nutty flavor. Turns out pesto is quite delicious! If you’re afraid of pesto or making pesto like I was, try the recipe below.
1 (8 oz) box Banza pasta, any shape.
1/2 jar Ragu Simply pasta sauce
3/4 cup halved walnuts
3/4 cup packed parsley
2 cloves garlic
1 Tbsp non-dairy milk
1/4 cup water
1/8 tsp black pepper
Cook Banza according to package directions.
For pesto, put all ingredients into food processor or high-speed blender. The texture shouldn't be completely smooth.
Add pesto sauce to drained Banza and enjoy!
I used a Vitamix with tamper and blended for 10-second increments, scraped the sides and repeated for 45 seconds.