Best for: Applications where you think you’ll miss the cheese most, like pizza or rich risotto. Bragg Premium Nutritional Yeast Seasoning, 4.5 oz (Pack of 2) $21 at AmazonFor umami: add misoAccording to cookbook author Amy Chaplin, the secret to the best vegan pesto is something you might already have in your refrigerator. “In vegan pesto specifically, pine nuts give it this unctuous quality,” she says. When roasted, a mushroom’s flavor concentrates into something complex and savory—all the umami of Parmesan without the cheesiness or salt. For texture: use sun-dried tomatoesAfter seeing jarred sun-dried tomato pesto alongside classic just-basil pesto in my local grocery store, I knew it was worth a shot.
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