Hemp Seed Pesto (Pasta)

Dips & spreads, Main dishes


Hemp seed pesto
Good day! As you are reading this, we are on vacation making our way down the US West Coast. I am writing this post while sitting around the corner from Seattle’s Pike Place Market. So far, we are having a fabulous time. I promise to tell you more as soon as we return.

Have you used hemp seeds before? They are a real nutritional champ. You can sprinkle them on yogurt, salads, and even add them to baked goods.

Hemp Seed Pesto (+ Pasta Recipe)

Hemp seed pesto:

  • 4 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 1/3 cup >hemp seeds
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Salt, to taste

For the pasta:

  • Whole-wheat pasta, for 4 servings
  • 1 recipe of hemp pesto, see above
  • 1 pint of fiddleheads
  • 1 small bunch of asparagus, chopped
  • Shaved parmesan, for serving
For the pesto: Combine all ingredients in a food processor, and process until smooth.
For the pasta: 
Cook pasta according to package instruction. Drain and return to pot.
Meanwhile, in a large pot of boiling water, boil the fiddleheads for a minimum of fifteen minutes. Important note: fiddleheads are poisonous if eaten raw.
Steam the asparagus for 3-4 minutes.
Add the hemp pesto and the vegetables to the cooked pasta and stir to combine. Serve immediately topped with shaved parmesan.
Hemp seed pesto pasta
Serves 4. Pesto recipe adapted from my mother.