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).


Sonia M

Thanks for sharing

mac C
mac C7 months ago

Thank you, I will try. I like the idea of parsley used for this, but I might try what Jetana A says and make it half Basil/half Parsley, like her friend does.

W. C
W. C9 months ago

Thank you.

Jetana A
Jetana A11 months ago

A friend of mine makes his pesto half basil, half parsley. I like the idea of parsley alone, for a clean fresh flavor! But I do like the cheese that's a traditional ingredient....

William C.
William C1 years ago


Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne R1 years ago

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

Carole R.
Carole R1 years ago

Thanks for the recipe.

Jessica Story
Jessica Story3 years ago

Sounds yummie!

Dale O.

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

JL A4 years ago