Hemp leaf pesto

Hemp leaf pesto recipe


  • 2 cups fresh hemp leaves, thoroughly washed and dried
  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Kitchen appliances:

  • Blender or food processor
  • spatula
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • grater (for the parmesan cheese)


  1. Preparation of ingredients : Wash and dry hemp leaves. Peel the garlic cloves and grate the Parmesan cheese if you haven't already.

  2. Mixing the base : In the blender or food processor, add hemp leaves, garlic, pine nuts and half of the Parmesan cheese. Mix until coarsely chopped and combined.

  3. Adding the Oil : While blending, slowly add the olive oil. This makes the emulsion easier and ensures a smoother consistency of the pesto. Mix until smooth.

  4. Final steps : Transfer the pesto to a bowl. Stir in the remaining Parmesan cheese. Not only does this add flavor, but it also thickens the pesto slightly.

  5. Seasoning : Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Adjust as needed.

  6. Storage : If not using the pesto immediately, cover with a thin layer of olive oil and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It lasts about a week.

Serving suggestion:

  • Pasta : Mix with your favorite pasta for a quick, flavorful meal.
  • Sandwiches : Use as a spread to enhance your sandwiches.
  • Dressing : Thin with a little more olive oil and vinegar to create a delicious salad dressing.

Shopping list for hemp leaf pesto

  1. Fresh produce :

    • Hemp leaves (2 cups)
    • Garlic (2 cloves)
  2. Dairy products :

    • Parmesan cheese (1/2 cup, preferably freshly grated)
  3. Nuts :

    • Pine nuts (1/4 cup)
  4. Oils :

    • Extra virgin olive oil (3/4 cup)
  5. Spices :

    • Salt (as needed)
    • Freshly ground black pepper (as needed)

When shopping, pay attention to freshness, especially when it comes to hemp leaves and parmesan cheese. Enjoy the preparation and taste of your hemp leaf pesto! 🌿🧀🍃

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