Today, today is a beautiful day! Even rainy days can be beautiful. It’s a mindset. School is out for my boys and myself. It is the magical time of summer vacation. I love this time of year to sit back and watch things grow. Watch my boys grow, my garden grow and also watch all the excitement of summer… well, grow. Each day brings new and exciting possibilities and with family and friends about, how can you not be excited for all that Summer has to offer?!
One of the things that I am most excited about is my garden. It has already grown so much. One of the few veggies that we outdoor gardeners, in my neck of the woods, can harvest at the moment are peas. There is nothing like the sweetness of a fresh shelled pea. To be honest, we may or may not just eat them straight from the garden most days…
This Pesto Pasta Salad is inspired by what my garden is producing. Letting Mother Nature dictate what we eat is a growing passion of mine. Seasonal eating.
Green Pea Pesto Pasta Salad
- 1.5 cups Green Peas (Fresh or frozen and unthawed)
- 5 Basil Leaves (Fresh)
- 1 clove Garlic
- 1/2-1 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese (Grated)
- 1/2 Juice of a Lemon
- Salt and Pepper (to taste)
- 1 Red Bell Pepper (diced)
- 1 Carrot (Julienne or finely diced.)
- 1/2 cup Walnuts (chopped)
- 1lb Pasta (I use Orecchiette)
|If using fresh peas, blanch them first in boiling water... Into a Food Processor, combine the peas, basil, grated cheese, juice of half a lemon and half of your chopped walnuts.|
|Drizzle in Extra Virgin Olive Oil until the Pesto reaches your desired consistency. I use about 1/2 a cup of oil.|
|Add salt and pepper to taste then set pesto aside to chill.|
|Boil your pasta, drain when al dente|
|In a bowl, combine the pasta, pesto and veggies. Next, sprinkle in the remaining walnuts. Serve chilled.|
For more easy and fresh meal options to fit your busy schedule, check out this week’s #WeekdaySupper menu.
Monday - Summer Squash Pizza by Supper for a Steal
Tuesday - Tuna, Tomato, Bean and Basil Salad by Shockingly Delicious
Wednesday - Pesto Pasta Salad by Country Girl In The Village
Thursday - Caprese Salad with Chicken by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Friday - Caprese Pasta Salad by Alida’s Kitchen
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