The Perfect Pesto Pasta

When I first went vegan, I was devastated when I found out that most pesto sauces contained dairy. Fortunately, Trader Joe’s Vegan Kale, Cashew and Basil Pesto exists!Having pre-made sauce is definitely a timesaver. And frankly, I’m not the best at making sauces from scratch since I “use my eye” to measure things. Therefore, it never comes out quite right.

If you have a deep love for pesto sauce but don’t want to make your own vegan version, grab a container (or two) of the Trader Joe’s Vegan Kale, Cashew and Basil Pesto. That ingredient is the star of The Perfect Pesto Pasta recipe. I included steamed tofu with the pasta because it is a protein that works well with the meal.

I know you’re going to love this pasta so this recipe makes four servings which can feed multiple people (you’ll want to share) or be used for four days of meal prep!


  • (1) box of pasta (I used Cavatappi)
  • (1-2) Trader Joe’s Vegan Kale, Cashew and Basil Pesto
  • (2) blocks of Trader Joe’s Organic Sprouted Tofu (Extra Firm)
  • Olive Oil
  • Mrs. Dash Garlic & Herb Seasoning (or just garlic seasoning)
  • Sea Salt
  • Onion seasoning


  1. Boil water and add pasta, once done cooking put in a large bowl
  2. Mix Trader Joe’s Vegan Kale, Cashew and Basil Pesto into pasta, add garlic seasoning and sea salt (to taste)
  3. In a microwave safe dish, put olive oil, garlic seasoning, sea salt, and onion seasoning on it and spread around with a spoon
  4. Heat dish in microwave for about 1 1/2 minutes on high
  5. Drain tofu by wrapping it in paper towel and placing a heavy object on top of it
  6. Put tofu on a separate microwave safe dish and cover with wax paper
  7. Heat in microwave for five minutes or use a steamer
  8. Remove tofu from dish, drain any excess liquid
  9. Place tofu in the other dish with the oil and seasonings
  10. Spread block of tofu around the dish to allow it to get coated, flip on each of the sides
  11. Cut tofu into chunks
  12. Add tofu to pasta and mix in
  13. To be served cold – put pasta into refrigerator for 15-25 minutes
  14. Enjoy!

Total time: ~25 minutesย 

Can be served hot or cold (cold is my preference – perfect for summer)

How do you prefer your pasta (hot or cold)? Comment below!

*I didn’t know how to make steamed tofu before so I found a step-by-step on another site which is what my instructions are based on – view the original recipe here:ย

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