Walnut + Hemp Seed Pesto Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes + Olives

Thank goodness for pasta dishes that are ready in 20 minutes.  And that your child devours.  And that are super high in protein and omegas!  I love the simplicity of this dish, and how quick it is to make.  It’s one of those recipes I keep in mind for nights when I’m clueless as to what to cook up.  Sweet basil, cherry tomatoes and kalamata olives bring a Mediterranean summery feel that I think we’re all craving right about now!

Fresh Garlic

Traditionally, pesto is made with pine nuts, but I love using walnuts because, for one, they are much more affordable, and also a rich source of omega-3.  They are great for your brain health, and they kind of look like little brains, don’t they?

I also skipped on the parmesan cheese as I avoid dairy whenever I can (it really doesn’t make me feel well) and tossed in hemp seeds instead.  I know everyone has been loving hemp for a while now, I just recently jumped on the bandwagon, and I am obsessed! I love the nutty, almost sweet flavour (much like a pine nut actually), and their tender crunch.  They are very high in digestible protein and in omegas as well, along with other minerals and vitamins.  They work so well in pesto as they give a very similar texture to the dish as parmesan cheese would.  At one point I thought I even tasted cheese.  All in my head.  

Walnut Hemp Seed Pesto

 I can’t wait for my summer vegetable garden and my own fresh basil.  I love heading to the backyard, barefoot, and picking it while I’m making dinner.  Nothing better.

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Walnut + Hemp Seed Pesto Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes + Olives
Serves 6
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 500 grams gluten-free pasta
  2. 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling pasta
  3. 2 bunches (approx. 2 cups) fresh basil, rinsed
  4. Β½ cup walnuts
  5. 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
  6. 3 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  7. 1 teaspoon sea salt
  8. 1 + 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes, washed and halved
  9. 1 cup pitted kalamata olives
  10. 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Begin by cooking your pasta noodles according to packaging instructions. Remove from heat, drain, and pour noodles back into the pot. Drizzle with olive oil and set aside.
  2. Place olive oil, basil, walnuts, hemp seeds, garlic and salt in a food processor. Process all ingredients until well combined.
  3. Spoon pesto into your pot of pasta. Place pot on stove top over low heat. Add cherry tomatoes, olives and black pepper. Toss all ingredients well to combine.
  4. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Notes
  1. You can make larger portions of the pesto and freeze it for later.
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Walnut Hemp Seed Pesto

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Comments

  1. Kate says:

    Looks wonderful! I love the adaptions to the pesto, great choices!

  2. Beautiful! These are also good dishes for your kids to know how to prepare when they leave home!

    • Sophia | Love and Lentils says:

      Thank you!! You make such a good point. Will save this one to send my son off with in about 15 years. πŸ˜‰

  3. Sophia- this dish is so incredibly beautiful! Looks amazing and I love how simple it is. Will definitely be saving this one!

    • Sophia | Love and Lentils says:

      Oh, thank you so much!! It’s so easy and quick- I just had leftovers for lunch and it was delish. Not gonna lie. πŸ˜‰

  4. It looks lovely Sophia

  5. Beautiful!

  6. I feel to be at home with this recipe… pine nuts and walnuts, the best match for a good pesto!

    • Sophia | Love and Lentils says:

      Thanks for your sweet comment! I love a good pesto, too. πŸ™‚

  7. This looks like the perfect summer recipe! I can’t wait to try this one too! πŸ™‚

    • Sophia | Love and Lentils says:

      Thank you, Krystle! If only summer (or even spring) would finally come. It feels like winter in Montreal today. πŸ˜‰

      • I feel for you all in the great white north, your winter has been terrible. I was born and raised in Michigan and I finally had enough and relocated to Arizona about 4 years ago. I hope you all see some warm weather soon!!

      • Sophia | Love and Lentils says:

        It must be so nice and warm in Arizona! It’s been a long, cold winter indeed. Finally – spring feels like it’s here. A rainy day today, but I’ll take it, it beats snow. πŸ™‚
        Have a lovely weekend.
        Sophia

  8. Love all sorts of nut pesto! I prefer walnuts for pesto and yum, I would love to try that with hemp seeds! Such a pretty pasta, I would love to have this right now. x Rika

    • Sophia | Love and Lentils says:

      I can’t remember the last time I actually used pine nuts in pesto. They are so delicious, but so expensive! And there are so many healthy and more affordable alternatives. You will love it with hemp seeds, Rika! πŸ™‚

  9. The pesto sounds amazing and I too cannot wait for the summer vegetables or even the veggies and fruits of spring. Your pasta dish is so fresh, I love it.

    • Sophia | Love and Lentils says:

      I’m ready for Spring veggies, too! It feels like winter here today. πŸ™

  10. The pesto and pasta look absolutely fantastic! Definitely planning on making some homemade pesto this week now! Thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

    • Sophia | Love and Lentils says:

      I’m glad you like it! You will love the pesto recipe. It’s a staple in our home.

  11. walnut and hemp! that is one delicious and nutritious pesto! love the moody pictures.

    • Sophia | Love and Lentils says:

      Thank you, Richa! It’s such a simple dish, but a staple around here. My son adores it!

  12. I would love to know where you buy your fresh basil. By the way, the recipe sounds very tasty!

    • Sophia | Love and Lentils says:

      Hello Annie! I grow my own in the summer and freeze a lot of it, but I bought it at Marche Tau on the west island.
      Thanks for stopping by!
      Sophia

  13. I made coriander walnut pesto & walnut sage pest pasta before but never walnut combined with hemp seeds, what a neat, clever & tasty idea,….Yum Yum yummmm.

  14. Sophia, this looks amazing and seems really easy to make!!! I love pasta, and will definitely add this to my “must cook” list from your recipes. πŸ™‚ By the way, I have not been in the blogging world for a while due to a death in my family, and I have to tell you, I really really love all your beautiful photos accompanying your recipes!! You’re an awesome and creative photographer too! ^^

    • Sophia | Love and Lentils says:

      Hello Violet! You’re right – it is super easy to make. We make it quite often actually since it’s one of my son’s favourites, and because it’s so easy. πŸ™‚
      I am sorry to hear about the death in your family. It’s true, I haven’t seen you around lately. Glad to have you back and thanks for your lovely comments regarding my photos. I really appreciate it! xx

  15. Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous
    Beautiful colors, gaze engaging composition and an awesome recipe :).

    • Sophia | Love and Lentils says:

      Oh my- thanks so much! Really appreciate your lovely comments, Sonal! Xx

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