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Quinoa pasta with arugula walnut pesto ( vegan + gluten free )

Vegan and gluten free quinoa pasta with arugula walnut pesto is a downright delicious and healthy meal option which comes together under 30 minutes.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4
Author: Khushboo


  • 2 cups Quinoa pasta uncooked
  • For arugula walnut pesto
  • 2 cups packed baby arugula / rocket greens
  • 2 cups packed basil leaves
  • ¾ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup walnuts
  • 3 tablespoon nutritional yeast *
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • Few twists of black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar/ agave
  • For tossing pasta
  • 2 tablespoon cooking olive oil/ canola oil
  • 1 cup sliced onions
  • 1 roasted sweet corn
  • ¼ cup or more Sundried tomatoes drained from oil and chopped .
  • Salt to taste
  • Fistful of fresh arugula if desired.


  • Cook pasta al dente according to the package.
  • Drain it in a colander and run cold water over it to avoid over cooking pasta.
  • Keep aside.
  • For arugula walnut pesto
  • Place all ingredients called for pesto in a blender/ food processor except olive oil and blend until coarse in texture. Now slowly add olive oil ¼ cup at a time until it forms a smooth paste.
  • Taste test and adjust seasoning if needed.
  • For assembly.
  • Heat oil in a heavy bottom wide pan.
  • Once warm , add in the onions and cook for 30 seconds . Add in the sundried tomatoes.
  • Now throw in the boiled pasta and give it a quick mix.
  • Now add in desired amount of pesto coat it well .
  • At this point you may add in upto ¼ cup of water if pesto feels thick.
  • Switch off the flame and toss in roasted sweet corn and top with arugula leaves.
  • Give it a quick mix and serve it warm.


Use pasta of your choice
You may add some chili flakes for some spice.
I have used lemon and sugar to cut of some bitterness.
Add in veggies of your choice.
If not vegan then you may use fresh Parmesan cheese instead of nutritional yeast or completely skip it.
Substitute walnuts with pine nuts .


Serving: 4g