pea and walnut pesto linguine


Pasta is always such a crowd pleaser, but you don’t have to stick with boring old tomato sauce. Traditional pesto is great and can be super expensive to make and this pea and walnut version has a great taste and is affordable enough for you to make it all the time.

While the peas make this slightly sweet, it retains the traditional taste of pesto with plenty of fresh basil and olive oil. What is your favorite kind of pesto?
Ingredients: 6-8 servings

1 pound whole wheat linguine
1/4 cup walnuts plus more for garnish
1 cup peas (defrosted if frozen, blanched if fresh)
2 Tablespoons olive oil
3 Tablespoons fresh basil
3 Tablespoons fresh parsley
salt and pepper to taste
biol a large pot of generously salted water and cook pasta according to package directions. in a food processor, finely grind walnuts then add peas, scraping the sides as needed. add the olive oil 1 tablespoon at a time and continue to blend until smooth. add basil and parsley and blend again, then salt and pepper to taste. place finished pesto in a large bowl and add drained pasta, toss until blended and top with walnuts and fresh basil. 
pea and walnut pesto linguine via sunny vegan
May 9, 2013 - 6:37 am

Steph Calvert - Oh man. This looks completely delicious – I can’t wait to try it!

May 9, 2013 - 11:26 am

Cynthia - You create such beautiful food! Both for the eyes and the tummy! WOW!

May 10, 2013 - 5:36 am

Jackie - This looks delicious! As easy as pesto is I’ve never made it for some reason… lazy I guess. LOL!

May 14, 2013 - 6:37 pm

Lisa - One word describes this recipe…delicious! This was a big hit at my house!!! I added some yellow pepper to the food processor too. Thanks. 😀

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