20 Minute Vegan Pesto Pasta

  • Author: Claire Cary
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: Italian


This hemp seed vegan pesto pasta is easy, lemony, and ready in 20 minutes!



  • 16 ounces dry pasta of choice (I used brown rice pasta)
  • 1 1/2 cups hemp hearts
  • Juice from 2 lemons (about 4 tbsp)
  • 2 large cloves garlic
  • 2 cups packed basil
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/41/2 cup water or veggie broth
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt (or to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook pasta according to package instructions. 
  2. While the pasta is cooking, add all of the sauce ingredients to a food processor. 
  3. Process until smooth, or leave a few chunks if desired. 
  4. Toss the sauce and pasta together, add more salt or pepper if desired and enjoy!


This recipe will store in the fridge for 3-5 days in an air tight container. 

The sauce will be pretty thick if made as written, to thin it out add more olive oil, water, or vegetable broth. 

Don’t be afraid to really pack the basil in there, this is where much of the flavor is coming from!


  • Serving Size: 6 servings
  • Calories: 414
  • Fat: 30.2g
  • Carbohydrates: 29.8
  • Fiber: 3.2
  • Protein: 15.8g

Keywords: pesto pasta, vegan pesto, lemon pesto, vegan pesto pasta