Pesto needn't be limited to being a pasta sauce. Although it's great when used that way.
Try it on toast, baked potatoes, vegetables. Go nuts with it.
A good pesto works as a sauce, garnish, dip, spread. It just makes whatever you pair it with that much better.
Plant based pesto is pretty easy to pull off. Just swap out the cheese. Nutritional yeast is the universal vegan cheese substitute. Not only does it provide complete protein and numerous b vitamins, it also boasts an umami cheese like flavor that vegans have been using for ages to reimagine some of their favorite recipes as cruelty free.
2 cups arugula
1/2 cup basil
3/4 cup almonds
3 tbls nutritional yeast flakes
5 cloves garlic
1 jalapeno, deseeded
1 serrano, deseeded
1/3 cup olive oil
2 1/2 tsps salt
1 tsp black pepper
Buzz it all up in the food processor until your desired consistency is achieved.
For best results, allow to rest a few hours.