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Pesto Pasta Salad

Pesto Pasta Salad

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Pesto Pasta Salad

2 cups fresh basil, washed and large stems removed
1 cup fresh spinach (baby or regular is fine)
1 cup nuts of choice (I used a combination of walnuts and sunflower seeds because that was what I had on hand but pine nuts are traditional), lightly toasted
4 tablespoons nutritional yeast
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon light miso paste (I used chickpea)
2 teaspoons minced garlic
cup low sodium vegetable stock
Salt and pepper to taste

1 lb. vegan pasta, cooked
Assorted veggies: I used defrosted corn kernels (tossed in with pasta for the last minute of cooking), olives, chickpeas and baby tomatoes and additional fresh basil.

Put all your pesto ingredients up to the garlic in a food processor and process until mixed together, stopping to scrape down occasionally. Add the vegetable stock, salt and pepper until it’s the right texture and seasoning for you.

Toss with cooked pasta and your favorite additions. Taste for seasoning again and serve immediately or cover the bowl and let cool in the fridge for an hour or more for the flavors to meld. Serve with optional fresh basil on top.

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