Parsley Pesto with Walnuts Pasta: Vegan Recipe

This protein- and omega-3-rich pesto uses milder-flavored parsley instead of the usual basil for a garlicky, rich, and delicious pasta topping that will tide you over beautifully until the basil pops up in your garden or farmerís market.

Using a food processor makes it one of the quickest and easiest pasta delights ever.

1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted (see Hint)
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup packed fresh flat-leaf (Italian) parsley
1/4 cup vegetable broth
6 cloves garlic, peeled
1 tablespoon plain unseasoned bread crumbs
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt, or to taste
16 ounces spaghettini or other thin pasta

1. In a food processor fitted with a metal blade, process walnuts, oil, parsley, broth, garlic, bread crumbs, and salt until smooth.

2. Cook pasta in boiling water until al dente. Reserve 1/4 cup cooking liquid, then drain pasta in colander.

3. Place pasta in a large serving bowl and add the parsley-walnut pesto and reserved cooking liquid. Toss well to combine and serve at once.

Serves 6.

Inspired by The Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen, by Donna Klein (HP Books, 2001).


William C.
William C.5 months ago


Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne Rogers6 months ago

A new pesto recipe! I love the stuff and always try using different greens and combinations of greens. TYFS.

Carole R.
Carole R.7 months ago

Thanks for the recipe.

Jessica Story
Jessica Story2 years ago

Sounds yummie!

Dale O.

Parsley pesto is certainly delightful, especially with the addition of walnuts. Looks good.

JL A.2 years ago


rula khoury
rula khoury3 years ago

I've tried this before but with minor change. I did not include vegetable broth or bread crumbs but instead added some olive oil and lemon juice.
I'll definitely give your recipe a go :D

Marcel Elschot
Marcel Elschot3 years ago

Thanks for sharing

Natalie S.
Natalie S.3 years ago

Sounds like a tasty alternative to basil pesto, with the added benefit that parsley is more easily available all year round. Thanks for the post!

Ligita Z.
Ligita Z.3 years ago

i would love to try make it my own