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tomato basil pasta

Creamy tomato basil pasta

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Main Course
Servings 4


  • 250 gr (0,5 lbs) fusilli pasta
  • 1 cup (2,4 dl) sunflower seeds
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1 cup (2,4 dl) crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • ½ tsp salt
  • pinch of black pepper
  • ½ lemon, juice
  • a handful of fresh basil leaves


  • Cook the pasta in a large pot of salted boiling water according to package directions.
  • While pasta is cooking, add sunflower seeds, oil, crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, salt, black pepper, lemon juice, and basil in a high-speed blender or a food processor.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Taste and add more salt or basil if needed, and blend again.
  • Toss the cooked pasta with the pesto in a large bowl.
  • Top with sunflower seeds for some crunchiness and garnish with basil leaves.
Keyword tomato basil pasta, tomato basil pesto pasta, vegan pesto pasta