Vegan pesto pasta is delicious, so take it to the next level with this elevated pesto pasta recipe. A classic pesto sauce slathered over your favorite pasta, with added caramelized onions, chickpeas, broccoli, and Parmesan cheese!
Skill: Intermediate | Time: 1 hr 20 min | Servings: 5
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Elevate Your Vegan Pesto Pasta Recipe with Chickpeas and Other Veg
Start by preparing a batch of basil pesto! I like to use a mix of 2-parts basil to 1-part spinach in pesto. You could also substitute the spinach for kale. This pesto uses nutritional yeast and garlic to bring a great hit of flavor.
As tasty as vegan pesto is, just having pesto on pasta alone isn’t a very complete meal. That’s why I’ve created this elevated pesto pasta by adding in chickpeas, and broccoli.
The caramelized onions add a fantastic sweet onion flavor.
Top this dish with some quick and simple three-ingredient vegan Parmesan cheese. In my house, we call this sprinkle cheese. It’s a great topping to keep in your fridge; whip it out whenever you want to elevate any meal.
With this elevated pesto pasta, the sprinkle cheese brings that extra layer of flavor you’d expect to get at a restaurant. It’s that extra little touch that makes a huge impact!
With an elevated vegan pesto pasta recipe, you can really let your creativity shine. Feel free to add in vegetables or other protein sources to boost this meal.
I hope you enjoy this recipe! If you make it, please rate and comment below so others benefit from your experience.
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Elevated Pesto Pasta with Chickpeas, Basil and Onions
- Large pot
- Can Opener
- Steamer (insert for pot)
- Prepare the pesto, caramelized onions, and vegan parmesan with the recipe links above.
- Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain the water and return pasta to cooking pot.
- Steam the broccoli for 6-8 minutes, until it's bright green in color and fork tender.
- Toss the pasta with the pesto, caramelized onions, broccoli, and chickpeas.
- Serve topped with the vegan parmesan cheese. Enjoy!