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Basil Hempseed Pesto

Here’s a delicious twist on a classic pesto using hemp seeds and hemp oil. For a quick meal, toss this thick pesto with warm pasta, spread it on bread and tomatoes, scoop it up with cucumbers, cook it up with eggs, or use it as a topping on a zucchini and tomato sauté. To kick it up a notch, I like to use a local organic pasture raised Parmesan or Romano cheese, but any good Parmesan or Romano would work well here.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Parmesan Cheese (grated; can be substituted with Romano cheese)
  • 2 cups Basil (fresh, tightly packed)
  • 1/2 cup Nutiva Organic Hempseed
  • 4 tbsp Nutiva Organic Hemp Oil
  • 4 cloves Garlic
  • 1/2 tbsp Sea Salt

Instructions

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a food processor and blend until almost smooth. Taste and adjust the seasonings if desired.
  • Yield: 2 cups (4-6 Servings)
  • Prep: 2 mins
  • Cook: 2 mins
  • Ready In: 4 mins
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