A few years ago I made a vegan parmesan using the typical nut + nooch combo. David had just turned 2 at the time, and couldn’t say parmesan—he pronounced it “carma john.” We made it fairly regularly for a long time, and then I got lazy and just made sure to add some extra salt on top of my pasta—not nearly as good!
^^^ Bowl by Jeanette Zeis.
It occurred to me the other day that we could no longer make this yummy pasta topping, as it is full of nuts that Jonathan can’t have (read more about Jonathan’s allergies here). And that’s when I came up with “Parma Jonathan.” Nut allergy sufferers everywhere REJOICE!
I used toasted hemp seeds in this yummy topping and it is just as flavorful as my first version—plus it packs a healthy nutritional punch! I sprinkled this on some delicious Avocado Basil pasta tonight and the boys devoured it. It gives just the right salty bite that those sprinkles in that green foil can did (seriously, how in the world is shelf stable cheese a good idea?). This makes a big batch—enough to last you a few weeks of pasta!
Next time you are invited to a dinner party where the host agrees to hold the cheese on the pasta (yay!), bring a batch of Parma Jonathan and offer to share! Your friends will be amazed at how such a simple combination can taste so delicious. Maybe they’ll finally understand how you can possibly live without cheese!
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Parma Jonathan—Vegan + Nut Free Parmesan Sprinkles
- 1/2 c hemp seeds
- 1/2 c panko bread crumbs I like Ian's brand, you can also use gluten free
- 1/4 c nutritional yeast
- 1/2 - 1 t salt (start with just the half and taste!)
- 1/4 t garlic powder
- 1/2 t onion powder
- Over medium heat, toast the hemp seeds and bread crumbs until just starting to brown.
- Place them into a food processor or the dry canister of your blender (I haven't tried this in a regular blender, just my Vitamix, but my guess is that it would work fine).
- Add the nutritional yeast, salt, garlic and onion powders.
- Pulse until the seeds and bread crumbs are broken up a bit and the texture is a bit sandy.
- Serve right away. Store leftovers in an airtight container. I keep mine in the fridge, although I'm not sure that it's totally necessary. I tend to err on the side of caution.