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Pasta with pea pesto in a bowl.

Pea Pesto Pasta

  • Author: Paige Adams
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4
  • Category: Pasta
  • Method: Simmering
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Diet: Vegetarian


The sauce for this simple pea pesto pasta is made with frozen peas, arugula, lemon, garlic, scallions, Parmesan and olive oil. Stir it into fusilli or penne, shapes that will really hold on to the pesto.


  • 11/2 cups frozen peas, thawed
  • 11/2 cups baby arugula
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 8 ounces fusilli, rotini or penne


  1. Put the peas, 1 cup arugula, garlic, scallions, lemon juice, 1/4 cup Parmesan, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper in the bowl of a food processor. Finely chop everything. Then with the motor running, drizzle in the olive oil through the feeder tube to puree the pesto until it is fully combined.
  2. Cook the pasta in a large pot of salted boiling water until al dente according to package instructions. Reverse a half-cup of pasta water before draining. Transfer the pasta to a large bowl.
  3. Stir in the pesto add a small amount of the reserved pasta water as needed to thin the pesto and coat the noodles (Start with 1 tablespoon. You may not need any of it.)
  4. Stir in the remaining arugula and Parmesan.


The recipe makes about 1-1/3 cups pesto.

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 3 days.


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 444
  • Sugar: 4.8 g
  • Sodium: 321.6 mg
  • Fat: 21.6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 51.6 g
  • Fiber: 4.4 g
  • Protein: 12.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 4.5 mg

Keywords: pea pesto, pea pesto pasta