Zucchini, Asparagus & Corn Summer Pasta w/ a Creamy Hempseed Sauce

June 29, 2016

Zucchini, Asparagus & Corn Summer Pasta w/ a Creamy Hempseed Sauce by Faring Well #vegan

I’m happy to say things have chilled out a bit around here, both temperature and busyness wise. You are all real gems for your encouraging comments on last week’s post. They lifted my spirits and I’m back to beaming sunshine this week! Scott helped me wrap up a few new-home projects over the weekend before heading back to Colorado to work in the office for a few days. Meaning: I got left with a slightly more assembled, and very pretty, home to be in this week while I tackled a few more life-capades and work. I’m overwhelmed with gratitude for the house we are currently able to call home. I feel at peace here, and am surrounded by so much beauty. I think after one more week I will finally have the “brain space” to sit and soak it all in. I’m guessing I’ll cry from the inability to process why we have been blessed with so much, and stumble while trying to show gratitude for it all. What an amazing problem to have, and I can’t quite wrap my head around it yet.

What I can wrap my head around is how silly our egos can be at times. For instance, last week I decided to have a little more fun than usual at lunch time on a cooler-than-normal day. I brought out my camera and took a few snaps while I styled and made lunch for kicks. This might be good for Instagram – I thought. Then I spent two days slaving over a new recipe and worrying over the shoot. The new recipe turned out incredible, but the shoot was all wrong. Plus, when I looked at what I had created I felt no particular connection to the dish. Flipping back through photos in my library I came across this casual lunch shoot from earlier in the week, I began salivating. This is too simple to post isn’t it? – I tried talking myself out of sharing my humble, but delicious, lunch. But then I thought, lets leave it up to the people. So I posted this, and received so many positive responses I decided to roll with it and bring you this summer pasta that still has me drooling.

Don’t be fooled, it’s warm here too, which is evidence that this can be a warm summer day meal still. The veggies are broiled within fifteen minutes (each the corn, and then the tray of asparagus and zucchini), and the pasta cooks up in that amount of time too. The sauce is blended while everything is cooking, and within thirty minutes you are eating this summer bowl. Bursting with bright flavors, and comforting down to the last drop of the herby hempseed cream sauce. I am so happy my silly pride did not keep me from bringing you this recipe today. If anything it’s a reminder: keep it simple, do it well, and give yourself some grace. Thank you for always being my encouragers and little beams of light, I adore you all, and hope you enjoy this comforting bowl of summer. – xx

Zucchini, Asparagus & Corn Summer Pasta w/ a Creamy Hempseed Sauce by Faring Well #veganZucchini, Asparagus & Corn Summer Pasta w/ a Creamy Hempseed Sauce by Faring Well #veganZucchini, Asparagus & Corn Summer Pasta w/ a Creamy Hempseed Sauce by Faring Well #veganZucchini, Asparagus & Corn Summer Pasta w/ a Creamy Hempseed Sauce by Faring Well #veganZucchini, Asparagus & Corn Summer Pasta w/ a Creamy Hempseed Sauce by Faring Well #vegan

Makes 4 smaller, or 3 bigger (better) lunch portions.

the veggies
1 medium zucchini
1/2 bunch of asparagus
1 ear of corn

the sauce
1/2 cup hemp hearts
1/2 cup filtered water
1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon quality olive oil
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 clove of garlic

the others
light drizzle of quality olive oil for veggies
salt and pepper for veggies
1 – 8 ounce package of pasta, I used this one

MAKE THE VEGGIES: Place a rack in the oven 8 inches below the broiler, turn broiler on low (if possible, if only one level then just watch closely). Remove the husk from the corn and place under the broiler on a baking sheet, rub lightly with olive oil beforehand if you wish (I didn’t). I used parchment as a liner. It burned a bit but was okay. Place the sheet with the corn under the broiler and cook for 15 minutes, turning every 5 minutes. Set aside to cool for a few minutes, then slice off the cooked kernels with a sharp knife into a bowl.

Wash and slice the zucchini and asparagus into 1 inch pieces. Toss in a teaspoon of olive oil, and a few pinches of sea salt and black pepper. Lay out evenly on a parchment lined baking sheet. Place under the broiler and cook for 15 minutes, turning once halfway through. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.

MAKE THE SAUCE: Place all of the ingredients for the sauce in a high speed blender (such as a Vitamix) and puree on high until smooth. Stop and taste, adding additional salt or basil if desired. Set aside.

MAKE THE PASTA: Cook your chosen pasta according to the package’s instructions. I used a high protein one here. I would imagine another shape (other than spaghetti) would be fantastic too, such as bow tie or penne. Drain well, and rinse under cool water if you’d like you’re meal to be more room temperature or chilled. Otherwise serve warm.

ASSEMBLE: With the drained pasta in a large pot, add the sauce and broiled veggies. Toss and serve right away. Leftovers can be stored in airtight glass containers in the fridge. This is absolutely incredible once chilled too.

Ps. Be sure to tune in to my show on Nom tomorrow at 3pm PST to learn how to make these stellar savory scones – jam packed with all of the best summer vegetables I could cram into the mix! I’m kind of flipping over these at the moment. Hopefully see you there!


  • Reply Pia June 29, 2016 at 4:31 am

    And you tell ME I’m the cutest?! You’re absolutely getting something wrong there, Jessie, because your sweetness is just unbelievable. Seriously, you’re a gem. In saying that, I’m happy to hear you’re actively working on embracing who you are and what you do, and learning to push your ego aside (That second to last sentence is on point). Because let’s face it, you don’t need that negativity and there is absolutely no reason to be so critical of yourself. You’re doing a bang-up job. Full stop.
    Also, it sounds like your house is beginning to become, and feel like, a proper home. After all, home is where the heart is, and yours seems to be thriving in that new place of yours. YAY! for you. And as always, thank you for everything -your kindness, your post, your love :)
    Hugsy daisies xx

    • Reply Pia June 29, 2016 at 4:31 am


      • Reply Faring Well June 30, 2016 at 5:21 pm

        Oh Pia, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I truly appreciate it! I’m so glad that second to last sentence resonated with you too, its really been hitting home lately. I appreciate your sweet compliments too, and the encouragement on our home! I hope you feel the same in life, it really is so important to “be” where you are, and accept it as perfect for this moment in time! Hugs girl! xx

  • Reply Shelley | Sevengrams June 29, 2016 at 5:51 am

    I love that somehow your “casual lunch shoot” is totally stunning and delicious sounding. I think we all face the same issue, of not wanting to post things that are too simple, or too ordinary, but sometimes, those make for the best posts. So glad that you’re settling in and feeling good in your new space. Still can’t get over that backyard! Have a good week lady, xx

    • Reply Faring Well June 30, 2016 at 5:23 pm

      Sheesh, I can’t say they are this involved all the time, but every once in a while it feels like a treat to slow down in the middle of the day! Thank you for your sweet words and encouragement friend, I so super appreciate you. And I hope you are having a gorgeous week! Your trip to the lake looked AMAZING. And thank you about our back yard. Now to just find chairs so I can park myself back there all day ;)

  • Reply Sarah | Well and Full June 29, 2016 at 7:52 am

    I can’t believe this was your casual lunch shoot! Everything is absolutely beautiful, Jessie! And I’m glad to hear that you feel so at peace in your home… that is such gift. I’m quite envious, actually, because I wish I lived somewhere where I felt at peace. Can I come live with you ?? ;) I hope you have a wonderful day, friend!

    • Reply Faring Well June 30, 2016 at 5:25 pm

      I guess I need to note this was a special lunch by far ;) but thank you sweet Sarah! And oh that just made my heart pang, I want you to feel at peace where you live so much too – you are welcome here anytime! xx

  • Reply Lisa Bryan | Downshiftology June 29, 2016 at 11:09 am

    I ditto the others…I can’t believe this is your casual lunch?! Next time I’m down in OC, forget the juice bar, I’d rather make a pitstop at Chez Jessie. Haha. :) x

    • Reply Faring Well June 30, 2016 at 5:25 pm

      Haha oh my goodness of course you are welcome here! Thanks girl! ;)

  • Reply Gena June 30, 2016 at 4:48 am

    I think you’re describing an experience I have often with blogging, which is that, if a recipe feels like too much work or I just can’t get it right, it usually means it was something I constructed for the purposes of blogging, rather than because it’s something I’d make and eat instinctively, anytime. And it’s always the recipes that feel personal and intuitive that people really seem to love. This pasta is beautiful!

    • Reply Faring Well June 30, 2016 at 5:26 pm

      Thanks so much for your sweet words Gena, it is wonderful to relate to one another here in our spaces, and I appreciate you relating to this here! And thank you to the moon and back for the recipe love, happy (almost) weekend girl – xx

  • Reply The Clever Carrot | Emilie June 30, 2016 at 5:17 am

    Hey Jess my california dreaming’ friend!! Yes, I agree you gotta feel the connection to the dish. It’s amazing what comes through in a photograph. When it feels wrong and you’re forcing things, I consider it a kick in the ass that I’m totally out of the flow!!
    This looks yummy!! XOXO

    • Reply Faring Well June 30, 2016 at 5:27 pm

      It SO is, isn’t it!? And unfortunately that is happening too often lately, need to change the flow up ;). Thanks for the recipe love friend! Hope you and your boys are having a stellar summer – xx

  • Reply Kristin June 30, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    OMG this looks delicious!!! I will have to make this. I love your blog and photos – really great stuff!

    • Reply Faring Well June 30, 2016 at 5:28 pm

      Thank you Kristin! So sweet of you!

  • Reply lindsey June 30, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    so happy to hear you’re settling in to your new space, jessie! from what you’ve shared so far, it looks like a such a dreamy place to call home :) i couldn’t agree more with what you describe about having that connection to a dish – it’s so real, and its importance is so underrated! this pasta sounds so awesome, i’m totally for noodles with an epic sauce! cheers, lady! xo

    • Reply Faring Well June 30, 2016 at 5:29 pm

      Lindsey, thank you sweet friend! I so appreciate your words here, and am glad you find this simple sauce epic! You’re the best. Hope you have a yummy week and enjoy your holiday weekend – YAY!

  • Reply Sus // roughmeasures.com July 1, 2016 at 6:13 am

    If this is your ‘simple’ then I need to step up my game! Just gorgeous Jessie, sometimes recipes can get overthought, sometimes simple is the best.
    I feel you with the settling in emotions, we’ve just moved into our first home and it still hasn’t sunk in yet. Maybe when we get some furniture it will!

    Happy weekend girl x

    • Reply Faring Well July 5, 2016 at 12:00 pm

      Sus you are too sweet! Simple is so often the best. And I hear you on the furniture bit, we are slowly getting pieces and it makes such a big difference – SO excited for you two and your new home! <3

  • Reply Brooke @ Chocolate + Marrow July 1, 2016 at 9:20 am

    I’m in love with this pasta, Jessie! Simple pastas, nothing fussy, just a simple nod to the season are the best. And your idea to do it with hempseed sauce?! I’m not sure I’ve ever tasted anything with hempseed but can only imagine how good that must be.

    Thanks for always inspiring me to eat my veggies, dear friend. I’m pretty sure my “Veggie” page on Pinterest should just be renamed “The Stuff Jessie Cooks” LOL. Happy 4th to you and Scott!! xo

    • Reply Faring Well July 5, 2016 at 12:03 pm

      Aw thank you Brooke! Hempseed are amazing, you have to give the sauce a try ;) its so creamy you’d never know they were tucked away in there! And goodness am I blushing <3 that makes me so happy to hear my recipes inspire you! Because you inspire me a ton friend. Laughing at your Pinterest comment ;) and hoping you two had a crazy fun fourth too! xx

  • Reply Sasha Swerdloff July 1, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    So happy to hear you’re feeling more settled in and I love what you have to say about gratitude and ego. Sometimes simple is best!

    • Reply Faring Well July 5, 2016 at 12:03 pm

      Thank you tons Sasha! You are too sweet. <3

  • Reply Jodi July 2, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    I think sometimes we try to re-think the wheel too much, rather than looking down at our actual plates. I know what you mean by feeling connecting to the food, it can be beautiful and tasty but if there is no connection to it it feels forced. I’ve been consciously trying to be aware of that lately. Things that feel forced are often inauthentic and aren’t we just striving to be our most true, awesome powerful, selves? My goodness Jessie I love this post. Keep it simple girl. Leave the room in your head + heart to soak up your new life joys right now. I cry too. Ahhh – this life. Happy living it and as always, getting to know you through this space ox

    • Reply Faring Well July 5, 2016 at 12:08 pm

      These words you wrote here are all too true Jodi <3 thank you for sharing them with me friend. Its so easy to turn from authentic inspiration to forced creativity, isn't it? Happy to hear you are striving to be aware of that lately too, I hope to be more conscious of it as well. Your comment just lifted my spirits this morning. THIS IS LIFE. So true. I adore you and am so lucky to have you here visiting my space and being my friend <3 love following along on your journey on HHK! You are pure inspiration. Hugs to you this week girl! xx

  • Reply Emily | Gather & Dine July 11, 2016 at 5:18 am

    I think all of us can appreciate the simple, especially when created so beautifully! Life is so busy these days and simple fits in so perfectly with that… sometimes all we need are just some ideas and inspirations. (and you are always good for that!) I’ve never used hemp seeds to make a sauce; I love how it turns out so creamy. My heart is so happy for you and all that you have out there in CA. I still remember when you posted about wanting to move from CO and waiting for the right timing. Yay for things working out one year later!

  • Reply Elizabeth July 11, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    I wanted to drink this sauce. It was my first time trying hemp seeds in any form and the first recipe of yours I’ve tried. Delicious! I will definitely be back.

    • Reply Faring Well July 12, 2016 at 8:10 am

      Elizabeth! That just made me smile ear to ear. I’m so glad to hear you loved the sauce, and kudos to you for trying hemp seeds! Aren’t they wonderful? Happy to have you here :) hope you are having a lovely week! <3

  • Reply Chloe July 22, 2016 at 7:10 pm

    I just made this and it was AWESOME. I am in the process of recommending it to everyone I know.

    • Reply Faring Well July 22, 2016 at 10:06 pm

      Aw Chloe! That is amazing! I am so happy to hear, thank you! <3

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