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Sage and Basil Pesto Sauce Recipe

October 6, 2009

Sage and Basil Pesto Sauce (Stephanie Smith original)sage and basil pesto sauce with soba noodles

All ingredients are approximate. Adjust according to taste and what you have, e.g., you can use almonds or pine nuts instead of walnuts.

Bring a pan of water to boil. Add 8 or more ounces soba noodles or any other pasta desired. When cooked al dente, drain and rinse.

While the pasta is cooking, grill, fry, or sear 16 oz. of firm tofu, sliced. I seared mine in a little peanut oil and, once cooked, glazed with a bit of vegan Worcestershire sauce. In the last couple of minutes of cooking, add some sliced green onions (scallions)

Put into a blender/food processor and blend, scraping sides several times:

  • 25 fresh sage leaves
  • Handful fresh basil leaves
  • A few leaves fresh oregano
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • ¼ to 1/3 chopped walnuts
  • ¼ to 2/3 cup veggie broth (start with ¼ cup and add more to achieve desired consistency)
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Place the pasta in a bowl and add some of the pesto sauce, stirring to coat. Add tofu and onions and 1 or 2 chopped tomatoes. Toss together, adding more pesto sauce to taste.


7 Comments leave one →
  1. Ellen permalink
    October 6, 2009 6:46 pm

    That sounds great, I like the approximate ingredients list, my kind of cooking. Basil and sage, I’ll try it out soon!
    Thanks Stephanie! Post your pumpkin pancakes!

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  3. October 6, 2009 10:47 pm

    I would never have thought to use soba noodles. It’s like a fusion pesto. I like it!

  4. Erin permalink
    July 8, 2011 6:31 pm

    Holy Garlic!! I love garlic, but 6 cloves of raw garlic was way too much- it overpowered the dish! My mouth was on fire, and I could not eat this. I will try this again, but will cut the garlic to 1 or 2 cloves, at most.

  5. Stephanie Smith permalink
    July 12, 2011 9:28 am

    Erin, I guess I do love garlic! I put approx. for all the ingredients but maybe should have put a variable number on the garlic cloves. FYI, if you want a milder taste with garlic, you can just gently pan fry them (peel first) in a little water in a non-stick pan until they are soft.

  6. Matt permalink
    January 3, 2012 2:58 pm

    Did a gogle search for “basil and sage”, and to my joyous surprise a VEGAN site was at the top of the list!


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