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5 from 2 votes

Classic Vegan Pesto

Classic vegan pesto made with hemp hearts! This tastes JUST like the pesto I grew up with, but made nut free! Plus, just 4 ingredients + pasta!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Pasta
Author: Sarah De la Cruz


  • 4 ounces basil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup hemp hearts
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • fresh black pepper (to taste)
  • 1 pound of pasta (my favorite is capellini)


  • Prepare pasta according to package directions.
  • While the pasta is cooking prepare the sauce. 
  • Wash your basil and remove leaves from stems. 
  • Place the leaves into your food processor with the garlic, hemp, olive oil, and salt and pepper.
  • Run the food processor* to break up the leaves, stopping to scrape the sides a few times.
  • Remove sauce from food processor and toss with cooked pasta. Serve!


*I prefer to use my food processor for pesto. You could use your blender, but I find that the sauce gets broken down too much this way. I like to have small pieces of basil rather than a perfectly blended sauce.
Optional: garnish with vegan parmesan.  I like Violife brand!