Basil Pesto with Hemp Seeds

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by | Updated: December 4th, 2016

Your pasta is about to get a boost. This tasty superfood pesto features nutritious hemp seeds in place of traditional pine nuts for a healthier, heartier sauce fit for all your favorite dishes. Whether you’re noshing on gluten-free brown rice penne, shirataki fettucine or a veggie melt, slather on this tasty and protein-packed pesto.

Basil Pesto with Hemp Seeds

Basil Pesto with Hemp Seeds


½ cup hulled hemp seed hearts
1 cup packed fresh basil leaves, rinsed and dried
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
½ tsp. salt
2 cloves garlic, minced


  1. In a food processor or blender, process hemp, basil, cheese, garlic and salt and puree.
  2. Slowly add in olive oil and continue to process for 2-3 minute, until the mixture has become a smooth paste.


  • This pesto can be stored in the fridge for up to 1 week.
  • Serve as a sauce for pasta, pizza or rice, a dressing for salads, a spread for sandwiches or a dip for crackers and vegetables.