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Welcome spring with this Perfect Pea Pesto spread of crisp crostini and garnished with argugula and sage blossoms.

Green Pea Pesto

With fresh green peas, cheese, and olive oil, this flavorful Green Pea Pesto (Pesto di Piselli) works as a dip, a spread, and a sauce to add a splash of spring to almost any dish.
Course Condiments & Pickles
Cuisine Italian
Level Beginner
Main Ingredient Vegetable
Diet Gluten-Free, Low Sugar, Pescatarian, Vegetarian
Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Servings 1 cup
Calories 1035 kcal

Ingredients

  • 220 grams green peas 100 grams shelled peas
  • 20 grams scallions
  • 25 grams Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Shell the peas. Prepare a large bowl of ice water, and bring a large pot of salted water (should taste like the sea) to a boil.
  2. Boil the shelled peas until tender, but still vibrant green (2-3 minutes). It's okay if the skins are still a bit tough, just make sure the centers have softened. When the peas are almost done, add the scallions and blanch for 15 seconds.
    Boiling green peas in salted water for making green pea pesto.
  3. Drain and plunge into the ice bath. One chilled drain the peas very well. Squeeze the scallions to remove excess moisture.
    Chilling green peas in cold water in a glass bowl on a white surface to make green pea pesto.
  4. Chop the scallions and add them to a small food processor along with the peas, Parmigiano-Reggiano, olive oil, honey, salt and black pepper.
    Blanched green peas, scallions, and olive oil in a blender on a white counter. For making Green Pea Pesto.
  5. Process the pesto until the peas are finely chopped, but not so long that the pesto is fully pureed.
    Green pea pesto with cheese and scallions in a blender on a white counter.
  6. Serve the green pea pesto with crostini or crackers.
Nutrition Facts
Green Pea Pesto
Amount Per Serving (40 g)
Calories 1035 Calories from Fat 819
% Daily Value*
Fat 91g140%
Saturated Fat 15g75%
Cholesterol 17mg6%
Sodium 997mg42%
Potassium 592mg17%
Carbohydrates 36g12%
Fiber 11g44%
Sugar 16g18%
Protein 21g42%
Vitamin A 2080IU42%
Vitamin C 91.7mg111%
Calcium 365mg37%
Iron 4.2mg23%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.