Zesty Hemp Seed Pesto Pasta with Roasted Tomatoes

We eat that much pesto that I thought it was time to shake it up a bit!

This zesty hemp seed pesto is completely nut free and dairy free (vegan) and is a great alternative to the OG. Use the pesto on pasta with roasted cherry tomatoes like I have done or skip the pasta use the pesto as a dip, yum!

Normally I wouldn’t recommend making pesto in a bullet blender as ingredients get stuck at the top and don’t get blended properly. BUT the @ninjakitchenapac Nutri Duo Blender has a cool contraption at the top that moves the ingredients at the top down so that it all gets blended perfectly!

Ingredients

  • Pesto
  • 1 1/2 cups basil leaves firmly packed
  • ⅓ cup hemp seeds
  • 2 medium garlic cloves
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • Juice of 1 lemon (approx. 35-40ml)
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oilal)

To Serve

500g cherry tomatoes
1 packet spaghetti or pasta of choice

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius.
  2. Fill a large pan of water up to 2/3 of the way and add a few good pinches of sea salt. Bring to the boil. While the water comes to the boil, place the cherry tomatoes into a baking dish drizzle with olive oil and season with salt. Toss to combine. Place baking dish into the oven and bake for 20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, add all pesto ingredients to the @ninjakitchenapac Nutri duo blender and blend to combine.
  4. Once the water is boiling, add the spaghetti or pasta and stir occasionally to prevent the pasta from sticking to the bottom. Once cooked to al dente, reserve 1 cup of pasta water before removing the pan from the heat and straining.
  5. Add the pasta back into the pan along with the pesto and a dash of the pasta water. Stir through to combine.
  6. Once the tomato skins are blistered, remove from the oven. Serve the pesto pasta topped with the roasted cherry tomatoes.