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.
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With my Husband, we raise our two sons and a nephew, three dogs, a cat, four chickens and a large garden on my just under an acre lot in a small village in Southeast Michigan. I am passionate about real food, and eating as local as we can without giving up olive oil, coffee, you know the necessities. Herb gardens and backyard chickens, reading, writing, photography are my other passions. I believe that things will work out eventually, the glass is not only half full but it is refillable.