Kale & Hemp Pesto with Pasta & Grilled Veggies

An interesting alternative to a standard pesto – delicious on pasta with grilled veggies or however you’d like!


  • 1 bunch kale, stems removed
  • 2 clove garlic
  • 3/4 cup hemp seeds
  • 4 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lb pasta
  • 2 zucchini
  • 1 lb tomatoes
  • small drizzle olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

Preheat grill.

In a food processor, combine first list of ingredients and puree.

Prepare pasta according to package instructions.

Prepare veggies for grilling – I cut zucchini in quarters lengthwise and skewered grape tomatoes.  Top with a bit of olive oil and the spices and lemon juice from the third list.  Grill on medium until done to your liking.

Combine drained pasta and pesto.  Serve topped with grilled veggies.


Modified from this recipe.


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