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Pea Pesto

Refreshing, bright, and cheerful, this flavor-packed alt-pesto can be used with pasta or as a spread on crostini. A blast in the food processor is the one key step, making this recipe a speedy route to mealtime victory. (The pesto also 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

    Put everything but the olive oil in a food processor and give it a whirl until combined. Drizzle in the olive oil and mix until smooth.

  2. Step 2

    If you’re putting this into pasta, reserve some of the pasta water and use if the mixture needs help adhering to the noodles.

  3. Step 3

    Garnish with fresh peas. Also great served on toasted crostini.