Pea and Pistacchio Pesto

I’m a sucker for a big bowl of pesto pasta, but it’s been so long since I’d had any that I was working up a serious appetite for it. I’m also a huge fan of petit pois peas. They’re so tiny and sweet, and they make a great snack with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkling of salt. Combine the two pesto and peas with some pasta and you’ve got yourself a deliciously fresh and sweet plate of food that takes only a couple of minutes to prepare. Even better if you add in some toasted pistachios.

Peas

What you’ll need: (serves four to six for pesto and two for pasta)

  • 1 cup of frozen petit pois peas (garden peas will do also)
  • 1/2 cup of pistachio nuts
  • 1 handful of fresh basil leaves
  • 7-8 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • Some salt for seasoning
  • 10.5oz (300g) linguine
  • Sundried tomatoes, optional

Pesto Pea Pasta

Method:

  1. Bring a kettle of water to the boil. Place nuts in a pan over medium heat and toast for a couple of minutes, tossing every 30 seconds or so. Set to the side to cool. When the water has boiled, pour over the peas to defrost. If using sundried tomatoes, you can cover them with hot water too to soften them a little.
  2. Add the rest of the water to a large pan, add salt and pasta, and cook until the pasta is not quite al dente. Strain the pasta, keeping one cup of the cooking water to the side. This should be done every time you make a dish like this, as the pasta will continue to cook in the pesto and the cooking water is more starchy, which gives more substance to the dish.
  3. Strain the peas and add them to a food processor, along with the basil, cooked nuts, chopped garlic clove and a pinch of salt. Blend on medium power for a more coarse pesto. Slowly add the oil to the mix until you’re happy with the consistency.
  4. Add a couple of tablespoons of the pesto to a large pan, followed by the pasta. Add a little of the cooking water and mix well. Continue to cook the pasta until it is ready; it should still be al dente, if your pasta is soft then it’s overcooked.

Share and enjoy!

If you try this dish at home please take a photo of it and tag @thetinyvegankitchen on Instagram or @thetinyVK on Twitter. I’d love to see them!

Tanya x

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