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Pink Pesto

Pink Pesto – peace. love. quinoa

Oct 16

I know, I know, I know, I know. I talk about the tomatoes in my garden ALL THE TIME. I can’t help it – THERE ARE SO MANY! I’m not bragging. Or maybe I am bragging, gah – I don’t know! Today, here I am, talking about all of those tomatoes AGAIN. 

I’ve been obsessing over a Pink Pesto sauce that I found at Whole Foods for quite some time. I didn’t buy it because it’s full of dairy but I check it out every time I’m at the store. No one talks about Pink Pesto, I’ve never even heard of such a thing, intrigue! I searched for a non-dairy version and quickly realized that Scarpetta is the ONLY company that makes a pink pesto. I like pink, and I like pesto, I also like being able to use ingredients fresh from my garden (brag), and I ALSO like non-dairy goods. SO I made my own version of the Pink Pesto. I don’t know how it compares to the Pink Pesto at the grocery store and quite frankly, I don’t care because my Pink Pesto is DELISH! 

I made a bunch of this pesto and I froze some of it for future use. LOVE that I can do that – it’ll get me through the winter months when I’m desperate for some home-cookin but not willing to do that cooking (if you know what I’m saying!)

You too can make this pink pesto, check out the recipe:


Pink Pesto

Author: peace. love. quinoa


  • 1 cup pine nuts
  • 2½ cups cherry tomatoes
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • ½ cup basil leaves
  • ⅛ cup red wine
  • 2 tsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp. agave nectar
  • ⅛ cup soy creamer
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper


  1. Put all ingredients into a food processor and puree.
  2. Serve atop a room temp or warm dish.


This pesto can be served at room temperature, atop a warm or chilled pasta dish, however I would not recommend that you heat the pesto up. It’s just not necessary.  Because this pesto has so much flavor, you will enjoy it atop some good ole spaghetti/linguine noodles without the addition of anything else. It really doesn’t need anything else, although you can get creative. 

Oh, and side note here: I was reading some reviews for Scarpetta’s pink pesto – it got some rave reviews but it also got some negative feedback.. People have an idea of what pesto should be like, and apparently a pink version of their beloved “pesto” goes against everything they believe a pesto should be. It’s OK. You may or may not like the idea of a PINK pesto, either way, it’s cool. Just check it out… you might actually like it.


Tagged with → basil • garden • pasta • pasta sauce • pesto • pink pesto • spaghetti • Tomatoes 



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