pesto & hemp seed parmesan spaghetti

  • Author: Denise
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


Pesto & hemp seed parmesan spaghetti makes a wonderful whole food plant-based meal. Fresh basil and spinach, roasted pine nuts, garlic, lemon juice and hemp seed parmesan. A decadent, yet healthy spaghetti dish.



Fresh basil pesto

  • 3 cups fresh basil
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 3 Tbsp. pine nuts
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 34 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup hemp seed parmesan

Hemp seed parmesan

  • 1/2 cup hemp seeds
  • 4 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. miso paste
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano

Finishing touches

  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes
  • Spaghetti for 4 servings (Use a rough guide of 15 oz//100 gm. per person
  • Additional for topping


  • Follow the instructions for the hemp seed parmesan, while that bakes, start your pasta and prepare the pesto while everything cooks.

Fresh basil pesto

  • Roast the pine nuts in a skillet for 3-4 minutes until they are slightly browned.
  • Transfer the pine nuts, basil, spinach, garlic, lemon juice and hemp parmesan into a blender or food processor.
  • Blend until smooth, adding additional lemon juice if desired.

Hemp seed parmesan

  • Preheat your oven to 160 degrees F (325 C).
  • In a small bowl mix together the lemon juice, miso paste and oregano.
  • Mix together the hemp seeds and the ingredients from step 1 in a shallow baking dish. Spread the mix evenly.
  • Bake for 15 minutes and then toss the mixture around. Bake another 15 minutes or until lightly browned.


  • Add additional fresh spinach if you want to bulk out your pesto.
  • Any pasta will work for this, so get creative.
  • Try using pesto for a pasta salad. Add diced red peppers or olives and take that to work. Be the envy of the office.
  • Pesto is a great topping for bruschetta, crackers, or flat breads.
  • Category: Main courses
  • Method: baking, blending, stove top
  • Cuisine: Plant-based

Keywords: Basil pesto & hemp seed parmessan spaghetti whole food, plant-based