Pea Pasta

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This pea pasta is simple make and absolutely loaded with the goodness of peas. It starts with a quick pea pesto which is stirred through your favourite pasta.

A large serving of Pea Pasta in a bowl sprinkled with parmesan cheese sitting on the bench with a spoon resting on the side.

Why This Recipe Works

  • Peas and pasta are a match made in heaven
  • Everyone always has a bag of frozen peas hanging out in their freezer
  • On the table in 30 minutes (or less if you are speedy)

Ingredients you will need

To make my Pea Pasta will need:

Pea Pesto

  • Frozen peas
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Olive oil
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Lemon juice
  • Garlic

Plus

  • Pasta
  • Peas (a few more for good measure)
All the ingredients to make the Pea Pasta laid out on the bench in small serving dishes

Ingredients Notes & Substitutions

  • Frozen peas: You could absolutely use fresh peas if you have access to them
  • Parmesan cheese: Any very hard flavourful cheese will work.
  • Olive oil: Avocado oil with its lovely green colour is nice too!
  • Sunflower seeds: The pesto will work with pinenuts, pepitas (pumpkin seeds) or cashews or almonds.

Step-by-step instructions

Below are illustrated step-by-step instructions to make Pea Pasta recipe, if you prefer just the written instructions then head straight to the printable recipe card below.

Step one: Cook the first measure of peas as per the packet instruction.

Step two: Place all the ingredients in a food processor and blitz until smooth

Peas, sunflower seeds and parmesan cheese and garlic in a food processor on the bench
Blitzed ingredients in a food processor with a spatular of batter held above the bowl

Step three: If you want a more liquid consistency add a little more oil. Taste and season with salt an pepper.

A small ramekin of oil held by a hand above the food processor.

Step four: Put the pasta onto cook as per the packet instructions. 2 Minutes before the pasta is cooked add the second measure of peas to the pasta pot. 

Step five: Once your pasta is al dente and the peas are tender, drain reserving about ½ a cup of the pasta cooking water.

A glass bowl of cooked pasta and whole peas with a big serving of pea pesto with a cup of reserved pasta water held above

Step six: Transfer the drained pasta and peas to a bowl, add the pea pesto sauce and approximately ¼ cup of the pasta water, and toss the pasta so that it is well coated with the pesto sauce. If the pasta is a little dry, add more of the reserved pasta water until the pesto pasta has the consistency you want.

A large glass bowl of pea pasta sitting on a bench with a wooden spoon resting against the side.

Enjoy!


A large serving of Pea Pasta in a bowl sprinkled with parmesan cheese sitting on the bench with a spoon resting on the side. And a wooden serving board with a grater and sprinkled parmesan cheese.

Top Tips

Here is how you can make Pasta with Pea Pesto perfectly every time!

  • Remember to set a timer for two minutes less than the pasta cooking time so you can add the frozen peas!
  • The pea pesto can be served as a dip or a spread. It's nice on toast with a poached egg.
A bowl of green pea pesto next to pita crisps.
A large serving of Pea Pasta in a bowl sitting on the bench with a hand holding a spoonful  above it swell as a smaller serving bowl being held by two small hands.

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A bowl of spiral pasta with peas visible and parmesan cheese.

Pea Pasta

A quick and easy pea pasta recipe based on a homemade pea pesto. Your family will love this simple plant-based meal.
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Course: Family Dinner Ideas
Cuisine: New Zealand
Keyword: Pea Pasta, Pasta with Peas, Pasta and Peas, Pea Pesto
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 585kcal
Author: My Kids Lick The Bowl

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Ingredients

Pea Pesto Sauce

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

Pea Pasta

  • 300 grams pasta
  • 1 cup peas

Instructions

Pea Pesto Sauce

  • Cook the first measure of peas as per the packet instruction.
  • Place all the ingredients in a food processor
  • Blitz until smooth
  • If you want a more liquid consistency add a little more oil. Taste and season with salt and pepper.

Pea Pasta

  • Put the pasta onto cook as per the packet instructions. 2 Minutes before the pasta is cooked add the second measure of peas to the pasta pot.
  • Once your pasta is al dente and the peas are tender, drain reserving about ½ a cup of the pasta cooking water.
  • Transfer the drained pasta and peas to a bowl, add the pea pesto sauce and approximately ¼ cup of the pasta water, and toss the pasta so that it is well coated with the pesto sauce. If the pasta is a little dry, add more of the reserved pasta water until the pesto pasta has the consistency you want.
  • Enjoy

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Nutrition

Serving: 1large bowl | Calories: 585kcal | Carbohydrates: 70g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 176mg | Potassium: 436mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 3813IU | Vitamin C: 27mg | Calcium: 151mg | Iron: 3mg

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