Green Pea Pesto Pasta Salad

Green Pea Pesto Pasta Salad

Ingredients

  • 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)

Directions

Step 1
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.
Step 2
Drizzle in Extra Virgin Olive Oil until the Pesto reaches your desired consistency. I use about 1/2 a cup of oil.
Step 3
Add salt and pepper to taste then set pesto aside to chill.
Step 4
Boil your pasta, drain when al dente
Step 5
In a bowl, combine the pasta, pesto and veggies. Next, sprinkle in the remaining walnuts. Serve chilled.