Serve this easy pesto with a host of savoury meals or snacks. Photo / Babiche Martens

Hemp & Basil Pesto Recipe

Seal this sauce in jars and liberally gift away

A jar of pesto is one of the most delightful — and useful — gifts to receive during the festive season. Add a generous dollop to a cheese platter, use it to top crispy crostini or toss through spaghetti for a quick-smart dinner.

Makes 1 ½ cups

2 cups basil leaves
1 clove garlic
1 cup grated parmesan
1/3 cup hemp seeds
½ cup roasted pine nuts
2 Tbsp lemon juice
½ cup olive oil

1. Into a kitchen processor place the basil, garlic, parmesan, hemp seeds, pine nuts, lemon juice and olive oil. Blitz until well combined. Scrape down the sides to get every last bit.

2. Store in small jars ready to gift.

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