Easy Pea Pesto - 3 Ways - Pasta, Dip, Spread


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Peas, more specifically Pea Pesto! It’s super easy, super versatile and economical too! Oh and did I mention healthy, it’s also healthy.

Peas are high in fibre, protein, vitamins and minerals, and so are the frozen versions, such a win! So much nutrition for such a good price!

Pea pesto in small bowl with large bowl of peas in background

To say I was delighted when Countdown Supermarket asked me to create recipes with Frozen Peas is a total understatement. I was ecstatic! Creating recipes with everyday foods that everyday people buy is my favourite thing. 

So I was more than happy to celebrate Countdown Supermarket making Frozen Peas a Price Lock-Down Product by coming up with a few recipes.

This one is Pea Pesto, and I will show you 3 ways to eat it, but if you are a lover of the humble frozen peas then be sure to check out the savoury muffins I’ve created as well.

I love that Countdown Supermarket are making everyday healthy food more affordable and therefore making eating healthily an easier option for us!


Pea pesto in a small bowl with frozen peas in the background


Pea pesto in a small bowl with frozen peas

How to make cheap and easy pea pesto

My first tip is to start with frozen peas. The hard work is done for you, they are shelled and ready to go. They are also always a good price no matter the season.

My second tip would be to consider using a nut or seed other than pine nuts.

In New Zealand Pine Nuts are delicious but very expensive. So I often make my Pea Pesto with a different nut or seed. Sunflower seeds are a great option and work well in pesto.

And thirdly, Use up old crusty dry cheddar cheese. Now usually I would use Parmesan cheese, and I do most often.

But if I find a rogue dried up piece of cheddar cheese that needs to be used up then this Pesto is the perfect place to do it!

Pea pesto ingredients in a food processor

How to make pea pesto pasta

There are literally 3 steps, bang all the ingredients for pea pesto into a food processor, cook pasta as per the packet instructions, stir through a generous dollop of pea pesto and you are done! My kids love pea pesto pasta


Pea pesto pasta in a white bowl with peas in the background

My favourite ways to serve Pea Pesto

My Kids’ favourite way to eat pea pesto is definitely in the form of pea pesto pasta. Which I too also like, but I also love it as a dip with crispy baked pita bread, or as a spread under a soft cooked poached egg. I hope you enjoy it too!

Pea pesto 3 ways

How To Make Pea Pesto Recipe Video


Easy Pea Pesto

An easy 3-minute pea pesto recipe, perfect with pasta or as a spread on crostini. A healthy pesto recipe made without basil
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Course: Dips Dressings Sauces
Cuisine: New Zealand
Keyword: pasta, peas, pesto, pesto recipe, vegetarian
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 144kcal
Author: My Kids Lick The Bowl


4.54 from 83 votes


  • 1.5 cups frozen peas
  • 35 g parmesan cheese
  • cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup sunflower seeds
  • 2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove


  • Defrost the peas if you are using frozen
  • Place all the ingredients in a food processor
  • Blitz until smooth
  • If you want a more liquid consistency add a little more oil
  • Store in an airtight container for 3 days in the fridge



  • Sunflower seeds can be substituted with unsalted cashew nuts or pine nuts
  • Try stirring through pasta for a quick vegetarian meal
  • Serve as a dip or as a spread on toast
  • You may like it seasoned with a little salt and pepper, but taste it first.


Calories: 144kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 72mg | Potassium: 100mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 244IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 1mg

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