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Pea and Pistachio Pesto Perfection

Pea and Pistachio Pesto Perfection

As much as I love traditional basil pesto, I really enjoy experimenting with different flavors. I adore this version because the main ingredient is green peas, which when combined with the pistachios and mint make such a fresh and unique mix. It is a great way to take advantage of early peas, before the basil is bushy, but frozen peas work well too.

2 cups fresh (or frozen) peas
1 garlic clove
1/2 cup pistachio nuts
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1/4 cup mint
1/3 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground pepper

1. Set aside some of the peas, pistachios, and a few mint leaves for garnish.

2. With food processor running, drop in garlic and finely chop. Next add add peas, pistachios, cheese, salt, and pepper, and process until finely chopped. Keep motor running and add oil until combined.

3. Toss pesto with cooked pasta, and garnish with reserved peas, pistachios, and mint. Can be served warm or cold.

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By Melissa Breyer, Senior Editor, Care2 Green Living

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.


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8:58PM PDT on Apr 30, 2013

Thanks , I love peas with buttersauce!

6:58AM PDT on Apr 29, 2013

Must try. Thanks.

3:27AM PDT on Apr 29, 2013


4:26AM PST on Dec 10, 2012

Thank you Melissa, for Sharing this!

3:48AM PDT on Aug 10, 2012

Lovely recipe, would be a great dip as well. Thanks!

1:55PM PDT on Aug 9, 2012


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8:42AM PDT on Mar 22, 2012

Sounds good. Thanks!

10:47AM PST on Dec 9, 2011

Thank you

8:11PM PST on Nov 27, 2011

great idea, you could add flaxseed oil instead of olive.

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