Fresh Hemp Pesto Pasta

CBD Recipes
Fresh Hemp Pesto Pasta

You heard it here first: Hemp may just be the best thing that ever happened to pesto sauce! And this recipe—which includes hemp seeds as well as Lazarus Naturals full spectrum hemp extract—is destined to become your new favorite way to enjoy pasta night. To make the most out of your time, double the recipe for the sauce, and freeze half of it in ice cube trays to give your future meals an instant pesto upgrade.

Makes 4 servings

  • 2 cups (packed) fresh basil leaves
  • ½ cup hemp seeds, plus extra for garnish
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2-4 ml Lazarus Naturals High Potency Full Spectrum CBD Tincture*
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 8 ounces fusilli pasta, or other curly pasta variety

Make the pesto first: To a food processor, add the basil, ½ cup hemp seeds, garlic, nutritional yeast, salt, pepper, and as much Lazarus Naturals High Potency Full Spectrum CBD Tincture as desired. Turn on the processor, and slowly pour in the olive oil to form a puree. 

Next, cook the pasta according to the manufacturer’s directions in a large pot of salted water. Drain well, then return the pasta to the pot, and toss with the pesto sauce. Serve warm or cold, garnished with a sprinkle of hemp seeds.

*Use as much or as little of the CBD tincture as you like. Or, substitute with another variety of Lazarus Naturals unflavored CBD tinctures.

Tip: If making the pesto ahead of time, transfer it to a storage container (a small mason jar works great), and pour a small layer of olive oil on top to prevent browning. Cover, and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.