I often cook for friends with a range of varied dietary needs and tastes. With vegan, vegetarian, and non-vegan friends all at my table and wanting food, I can always rely on this dish! My pesto pasta recipe is a happy medium—it fills the vegan and vegetarian requirements and keeps my omnivore friends feeling full and satisfied; it tastes delicious and doesn’t contain ingredients that can put-off non-vegans taking that first bite. Contributed by Anne Davies.

Serves: 4


  • 2–3 cloves garlic
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh basil
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Pasta dish:

  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • mushrooms, as desired, sliced
  • black olives, as desired, halved
  • 12–16 oz tagliatelle or spaghetti
  • fresh basil (for garnish)
  1. Place all the ingredients for the pesto in a food processor. Blend for…

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