I absolutely love pesto and have been craving it extra during the summer🌿💛 This is one of my favorite pasta dishes as my entry for the #bestofveganpasta contest with the amazing @bestofvegan 💛
Basil and Hemp Seed Pesto
3 cups fresh basil leaves
2-3 cloves garlic*
1/4 cup hemp seeds
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp sea salt
Nutritional yeast, optional**
8 oz. your favorite pasta, such as fusilli (pictured)
Place all ingredients in a food processor or high-speed blender, and process until smooth. Serve with your favorite pasta, a plate of roasted veggies, or an open-faced sandwich!
*Adjust the amount of garlic you use according to your taste buds. I love garlic so I used 3 cloves, but it was pretty strong!
**You may add a few tablespoons of nutritional yeast to the pesto if you desire a cheesy flavor, or simply sprinkle some on top of your meal before eating!