Simple Pesto Pasta

  • 3 cups fresh basil, large stems torn off
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • ¾ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup hemp seeds
  • 3 large cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cracked black pepper
  • pasta of choice
  • Sliced mushrooms (optional)
  1. If using mushrooms, saute in a skillet and set aside.
  2. Rinse the basil, wringing out most of the water and toweling it off a bit. A small amount of water is ok.
  3. Combine all ingredients in a food processor. Mix for 2 minutes.
  4. Stop to scrape down the sides and process for another minute.
  5. Cook pasta.  Add pesto. If using mushrooms, mix them in.  Serve.

Note, I think you can make this with peas, and also cooked onions.