Parmesan cheese is one of those things I missed daily when I tried a vegan diet, but I soon realized I can make my own without using dairy. A combination of toasted pine nuts, seasonings and nutritional yeast (which is a vegan staple) can easily transform into something magical, especially when you have a mound of pasta that is begging for a cheesy topping.
Nutritional yeast, with its slightly salty, nutty taste, is what gives this recipe its cheeselike flavor. I don't recommend skipping this ingredient, and you can easily find it at almost any health food store or online.
Enjoy sprinkling this Parmesan alternative on top of salads, sandwiches, soups and, most important, pasta.
Yields 1-1/4 cups
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