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How To Make Pea Pesto

Hi There! I have a quick recipe for you today. I have seen pea pesto on the web for a couple of years now and finally decided to give it a try.

M’s a huge fan of peas so I had a feeling she would love this. The ingredients are exactly like your standard pesto recipe, but you sub peas for basil.

Here’s what you need.

  • 1-10 oz package frozen peas
  • 1 large or 2 small garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup walnuts or pine nuts (I used walnuts because that’s what I had on hand)
  • 3/4 cup graded parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste

Cook peas in microwave according to package directions. Add your peas, garlic, pine nuts, and parmesan to a food processor or blender and blend until somewhat smooth. Slowly drizzle in olive oil and continue to blend until pesto is completely smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste.

The result was delicious. It has a sweeter taste than your regular pesto, but still delicious. We mixed it in with wagon wheel pasta and a side of peas 🙂 M loved it!

7 Responses

  1. Barbara said on March 13, 2012 at 11:19 am

    I will have to give this a try…I don’t really care for basil pesto, but this sounds delicious!

  2. emily (a nutritionist eats) said on March 13, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Such a gorgeous color!

  3. Estela - Weekly Bite said on March 13, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Thank you Emily 🙂

  4. Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} said on March 13, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    Perfect for St. Patrick’s Day! 🙂

  5. Anna @ On Anna's Plate said on March 14, 2012 at 7:01 am

    Yum– I love this idea. I love pesto, but basil can be so expensive when it’s out of season!

  6. Kristina @ Love & Zest said on March 14, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    Fabulous idea! If M likes it.. it must be good. and I agree a great St Patty’s day app!

  7. Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) said on March 15, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Sounds great! I need to give this a try.