Cilantro Pesto Pasta

Cilantro Pesto Pasta

Quick and easy vegan cilantro pesto pasta recipe by Veganbell.

Cuisine Italian
Keyword cilantro pesto pasta, pesto pasta, vegan pesto pasta
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories 732 kcal
Author Veganbell


  • 1 large bunch cilantro
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds (roasted)
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups pasta
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup pasta water


  1. In a food processor, add cilantro + garlic + roasted sunflower seeds + nutritional yeast + salt + pepper + lemon juice.

  2. Process until the mixture turns grainy. Gradually add olive oil and continue processing until it starts to turn smooth. Set aside.

  3. Set a saucepan over high heat. Add 4 cups water + salt. Once it's hot, add pasta and cook for 12-15 minutes over medium heat (refer cooking time in the package of your pasta). Drain and set aside. Save 1/4 cup pasta water.

  4. Set a saute pan over medium heat. Add 1/2 tablespoon olive oil. Once it's hot, add whole cherry tomatoes and saute until the skins start to wilt (about 1-2 minutes). 

  5. Turn down the heat to low. Add cooked pasta + cilantro pesto + 1/4 cup pasta water. Mix well. 

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Nutrition Facts
Cilantro Pesto Pasta
Amount Per Serving (1 person)
Calories 732 Calories from Fat 441
% Daily Value*
Fat 49g75%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Sodium 1209mg53%
Potassium 682mg19%
Carbohydrates 59g20%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 905IU18%
Vitamin C 23.9mg29%
Calcium 75mg8%
Iron 3.7mg21%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.