This pesto is a great way to use carrot tops, which are often thrown away but are super tasty and loaded with nutrients. Hemp seeds add a wonderful nutty flavor and offer a complete protein source, a great balance of omega fatty acids, and essential minerals. Use this pesto with your favorite pasta as I’ve done here, or drizzle it over roasted carrots for a delicious side dish.
1 bunch carrot tops
1 bunch fresh basil, a few leaves reserved for garnish
2 Tbsp hemp hearts
2 Tbsp nutritional yeast
2 garlic cloves
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 to 6 drops CBD oil (refer to manufacturer’s instructions for exact recommended dosage)
1 lb tagliatelle or other pasta of your choice
Salt, to taste
Halved cherry tomatoes and toasted pine nuts for garnish (optional)
Place carrot tops, basil, hemp hearts, nutritional yeast, garlic, and apple cider vinegar in food processor. Blitz until finely chopped. Slowly drizzle in olive oil until smooth consistency is reached.
Add CBD oil and mix gently to incorporate. For a thinner pesto, add a dash of water.
Cook pasta according to package instructions. Mix pesto through warm pasta. Season with salt to taste.
Divide pasta among 4 serving plates. Garnish with basil leaves, along with halved cherry tomatoes and toasted pine nuts (if using).