I was reading the (stunning, beautiful, interesting) Smitten Kitchen blog yesterday in search of dinner ideas, when I stumbled upon this recipe for “pea pesto linguine”. Being Italian, I am always on the look for original pasta ideas!
I already tried similar “pesto” recipes in the past, like this courgette and pistacchio pesto from Nepitella or a green beans pesto suggested by my friend Vintage Affair. So, motivated by my successful past results, I decided to try the Smitten Kitchen pea pesto! This is my adaptation:
- 250g frozen peas
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 2 tbsp pine nuts, toasted
- 30g grated Parmesan cheese
- salt, extra virgin olive oil
Boil the peas in salted water for a few minutes until cooked. Drain and leave to cool down.
Toast the pine nuts in a pan for a few minutes (trying not to burn them like I did!).
Pour the peas, pine nuts, minced garlic, Parmesan in the food processor. Add a pinch of salt and a spoon of olive oil and switch the machine on. Add a few spoons of water to blend the food together (I used the water from the pasta I was cooking).
That’s it, your pesto is ready! Easy peasy right? ;)