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Pea Pesto or Shrek Sauce?

We call this one Shrek sauce for the littles who are fighting against the green. Peas are a gateway vegetable, and this mild-tasting pesto gets kids one step closer to basil pesto (and other greens.)  Refreshing, bright, and cheerful, it can be tossed with pasta or spread on crostini (and freezes well, for those nights when you have even less time.)



  • 2 ½ cups peas (defrosted if you’re using frozen)
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • cup olive oil


  1. Step 1

    Add all the ingredients except the olive oil into a food processor.  Pulse it until it’s combined. Keeping the food processor on, slowly drizzle in a steady stream of the olive oil until the mixture is smooth and creamy. You can add more olive oil if you want a smoother, looser consistency. Let sit for at 30 minutes so the flavors can come together.

  2. Step 2

    For Pasta:

    Cook the pasta and reserve some of the pasta water before draining. Add a large spoonful of the pea pesto to the cooked pasta, and 1-2 tablespoons of the reserved pasta water. (Add more pasta water in small amounts until you’ve reached your desired consistency.) Mix together with a large spoon and serve. Add parmesan cheese and pepper to garnish.

    For Crostini: 

    Top crostini slices with a dollup of pesto and garnish with parmesan cheese and fresh peas.

  3. Step 3