Edamame Pesto Pasta | Yup, it's Vegan

Easy Edamame Pesto Pasta

Easy vegan edamame pesto pasta, made healthier with edamame, but still with the delicious flavors of basil, lemon, garlic and shallot.

Course dinner, pasta
Cuisine nut-free, soy-free, sugar-free, vegan, vegetarian
Keyword edamame pesto
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Total Yield 3 servings
Calories Per Serving 394 kcal
Author Yup, it's Vegan


For the vegan edamame pesto:

  • 1 cup cooked edamame (drained if thawed)
  • 6 cups loosely-packed baby spinach leaves (6 oz)
  • 1 bunch basil (0.75 oz)
  • 1/4 cup plain, unsweetened non-dairy milk
  • 1/2 lemon juiced
  • 1/2 tsp salt scant

For the edamame pesto pasta:

  • 8 oz dry pasta of choice (I use whole wheat bowties)
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 shallots diced
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup reserved pasta cooking water


Make the pasta:

  1. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil, and cook your pasta until al dente, following package directions. Reserve 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid, and then drain the pasta without rinsing it.

Make the vegan edamame pesto:

  1. Add the edamame to your food processor and pulse a few times until broken up fairly small.

  2. Add the spinach, basil, nondairy milk, lemon juice, salt, and pepper, and continue to pulse, stopping to stir and scrape the sides if needed, until the spinach and basil are finely chopped.

  3. Add more lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste if desired, and set aside.

Finish the edamame pesto pasta:

  1. In a large pan, heat olive oil over medium heat and add the shallot. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is softened and browning slightly. (Note: to save time, you could begin this step while the pasta is still cooking).

  2. Add the garlic and cook for just about 60 seconds more, stirring occasionally, until the garlic is fragrant.

  3. Add the cooked pasta, reserved pasta water, and pesto and fold everything together gently (I use a silicone spatula for this part). Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, stirring frequently, until the sauce has thickened slightly and clings to the pasta, and is warm throughout. Remove from the heat and adjust seasoning to taste. Serve warm. The pasta is best eaten immediately; otherwise, fold in a light drizzle of olive oil before storing leftovers and keep in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Edamame Pesto Pasta
Amount Per Serving (1 third recipe)
Calories 394 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Sodium 463mg 19%
Potassium 461mg 13%
Total Carbohydrates 69g 23%
Dietary Fiber 13g 52%
Sugars 7g
Protein 18g 36%
Vitamin A 121%
Vitamin C 47%
Calcium 9%
Iron 30%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.