Pumpkin Seed Arugula Pesto Sauce (Vegan)

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 0 mins

A mouthwatering selection from ExtraVeganZa, posted as written that makes a nice change for pasta dishes and pizzas from the traditional basil and walnut pesto. Add some nutritional yeast for cheeziness factor since this lacks parmesan or asiago cheese.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Toast the pumpkin seeds by placing them in a skillet on medium heat until they start to brown a bit. (Or by placing in a baking dish in the oven at 475F for 8-10 minutes.).
  2. Place the toasted seeds in a food processor and grind until fine.
  3. Add the garlic and salt then pulse again.
  4. While the food processor is running, add handfuls of arugula and parsley through the top opening of the machine.
  5. Keep adding as these get blended in until all of the greens are incorporated.
  6. Pour the oil through the top opening and continue blending.
  7. You might have to stop occasionally to scrape down the sides of the food processor.
  8. Add more salt or oil to reach your desired flavor, then scoop the sauce into a jar, it will keep for about a week.
Most Helpful

Nice take on pesto. I usually toast my seeds on the toast setting in my small oven. I made half a recipe, and that fed 2 people (over 8 ounces of pasta). A little squeeze of lemon over the pasta really helped bring out the flavors.

Maito October 20, 2012

WOW! This stuff is spoon-licking good, and what a striking green color! I've never had a pesto like this - very unique flavor and you can taste the pumpkin seeds! When toasting them on the stove, some popped like firecrackers which added some excitement to our evening. Note that when you make this your house will smell like the toasted pumpkin seeds...mmmm...great for fall or any time of year. On first taste, something was missing so I did add shaved mozzarella and a little more salt and that made all the difference (so vegans may want to have the substitute you mention on hand).

FLKeysJen October 07, 2012

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