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Fresh Pea and Mint Pesto

Penne alla Pea Pesto

Spring has finally started to make its presence known at the farmers market. Last week the first of the asparagus showed up and this week it was the peas. Of course I picked some up. I was thinking that I wanted to do something to showcase the freshness of the peas and that a fresh pea pesto would be perfect. Mint always makes things seem more refreshing so I added some of that along with some lemon to brighten things up. Pestos often contain a nut and I though that almonds would be a nice change. For the cheese I went with a sharper pecorino to contrast the sweetness of the peas. Pestos like this are super simple to make, just blend everything in a food processor. I really like to serve pesto on pasta so that was my first stop. The pea pesto on whole wheat penne was really good! It was light, refreshing, sweet and savoury all at the same time. I still had some of the pea pesto left over and it went well on crostini for a snack the next day.

Ingredients:
1 cup peas
2 tablespoons mint
2 tablespoons almonds (blanched and peeled)
2 tablespoons pecorino cheese (grated, or parmigiano)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
1. Mix everything in a food processor or with a mortar and pestle.

Crostini alla Pea Pesto

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Take a look at the Presto Pasta Nights roundup at Once Upon a Feast.

54 comments:

Karma by Morgan said...

great photo of the food! it looks delicious

VeggieGirl said...

Ahh, peas!! They haven't arrived here yet, but I can't wait!! And what a lovely variation on pesto sauce, with the peas - yum!

Ben said...

Oh yeah, spring is in the air and in our plates. Beautiful pictures :)

Manggy said...

I don't have a food processor-- we'll just have to see what my mortar and pestle (slash arm muscles) can manage, heh :) I love all things leguminous, so this looks very good!

p.s. nice plate too!

LyB said...

That green is so vivid, I love it! This looks very beautiful and delicious Kevin!

Marc @ NoRecipes said...

Nicely done! Fresh peas are a bit of a pain to shell, but the results speak for themselves. I can almost imagine the sweet minty goodness.

canarygirl said...

Ooooh! This looks so delicious!

nicole said...

I wish I could have a good pea pesto crostini snack.You always have something good and creative on your blog.

Meeta said...

A unique take on the pesto. Lovely idea using peas. I love that green!

Jan said...

Love the idea of pea pesto Kevin!

Dhanggit said...

i love this idea, asparagus pesto on penne!! yummy!

Cara said...

This sounds yummy - I've recently discovered I like peas so I would love to try this.

diva said...

kevin, looks great. nice touch with the mint. i can't wait for the farmers' markets here too. i'll be trying to grab as much as the wallet allows!

RecipeGirl said...

Do you know that I have never, ever purchased fresh peas?? Something about shellling them all frightens me. I absolutely love peas though so I should give it a go. Your creation looks like a great choice!!

romina said...

Anything with "pesto" catches my eye!! Delicious!

Bellini Valli said...

Such a springtime meal Kevin:D

Gloria said...

Mmmmm!!! yummy,yummy,yummy Kevein what's nice look this!! love this xGloria

Sharon said...

I've never bought fresh peas either, but those look SO much better than any I've ever had. Beautiful dishes!

Pia said...

wow, this looks really good. i'm going to try to make it or something with peas this weekend. inspired by your photo on tastepotting...i had a yummy pea appetizer in a restaurant recently - it has mint and cheese and was sweet and savory - but i've never made anything with fresh raw peas...in indian food they always just turn it into a cooked vegetable. we are trying not to order delivery for one year in manhattan: http://www.redredblue.com/nodelivery/

Deborah said...

I love the idea of a pea pesto - it sounds so fresh and spring-like!

Lina said...

I love the beautiful green color! looks like a wonderful dish!

LisaRene said...

Beautiful photos and delicious dish! Simply lovely pesto, almost too good to eat, I'd be happy to just look at it :)

noble pig said...

Kevin, the colors came out so perfect. I don't think I've seen a better grren color on food. It's just beautiful. I want to make this for a Spring dinner! Thank you.

gaga said...

Yum. That looks so refreshing and the color is gorgeous. Those peas are HUGE!

Great idea!

Laura @ Hungry and Frozen said...

That looks so delicious, Kevin. I love the twist on regular Pesto. Sounds perfect for Spring! I love wholewheat pasta though it's surprisingly hard to find here...

Pam said...

What a great spring dish! I love the idea of using the leftovers on crostini.

Erin @ The Skinny Gourmet said...

Kevin, another great post. I have to say I have really enjoyed following your blog, since I was first introduced to you by way of your mouthwatering tom yum soup when I hosted WHB.

For what it is worth, I've tapped you as an outstanding blog that I admire.

Ginny said...

Looking great kevin! Love pesto and this is a great new idea!

Jen Yu said...

That looks so refreshingly green and springy! Gorgeous, Kevin!

Heather said...

Ooh, that is a wonderful idea, Kevs. Can I call you Kevs?

tigerfish said...

Never tried a pea pesto before! Looks like anything "green" works :P

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm) said...

This looks so fresh and delicious, both on the pasta and the crostini.

Hillary said...

What a beautiful green color! I would love to try this.

Ruth Daniels said...

Great post, stunning photos and delicious recipes. What's not to love! Thanks for sharing with Presto pasta Nights.

Lisa said...

Peas are one of my very favorite veggies. Spring is an exciting time for cooks!

katiez said...

Lemon with the mint... wonderful idea. As is the Pea Pesto...
Wouldn't that be lovely over asparagus...Hmmm....?

Renaedujour said...

I'm so taken by the pea/mint combo.Excellent work!

'Chef' said...

Kevin, the pea pesto looks delicious! I love your 'custom' twist with the almonds and pecorino. We've had fresh peas here for a while now, but I noticed some nice ones at the market today. I'm putting this on the menu for next week - thanks!

cookinpanda said...

What a great combination. Love this recipe.

chriesi said...

Wow, fantastic colour. Sounds very good.

vonsachsen said...

Gorgeous photography, Kevin!

Neen said...

Looks fabulous! Mint and Peas in any combination are fantastic. I made a mint pea soup just this week, and it was absolutely lovely. :)

Suganya said...

Wow! Green has never been so glamorous before. Beautiful.

Jaime said...

what an interesting flavor combination!

TBC said...

I love the sound of your pea pesto!
It looks so good on crostinis. I'm not very fond of peas, but this makes me want to try it!

Shubha Ravikoti said...

Woow this looks awesome Kevin... Love the peas pesto combination ans the color is sooo beautiful......

Ricki said...

This looks perfect--and I'm thrilled to find another way to use some of my fresh mint!

This is my first visit to your blog and I'm glad I found it--looks like you've got some excellent recipes (and your photos are lovely). Looking forward to exploring the archives.

TING said...

it looks so freshhhh! :)

Anonymous said...

It is 98 degrees today in town. I just made this pea pesto recipe using peas I picked up at Farmer's this morning. The meal was superb! The perfect recipe for a very hot day.

Anonymous said...

Your blog is awesome! You are very talented!

Paula said...

this was delicious - we had it with salmon teriyaki

mary said...

This dish looks like my style of eating: pasta and fresh veggies. Yum.

Claudia said...

I was looking for a pea pesto for my fish fillet when I came across with your blog... I'm amazed! Your recipes are wonderful and the photos... Uau!
Thank you from Portugal!

Amanda said...

My sister pointed me towards your site and I love following it and checking out all of your great recipes! Just wanted to let you know I tried this one out and LOVED it so much I blogged about it.:) Thanks for the delicious recipe!

-Amanda
www.seegirlcook.com

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