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I had a large five gallon bucket of lettuce leaf basil I picked and made a huge batch of pesto Monday night because the temperatures are going down and we were afraid we would be cut off power! So I was looking for recipes using pesto and tried this one. I had all ingredients on hand and substituted whole grain penne for the pasta and it turned out great!!
Delicious! I have a lot of basil growing. Will use it up with this recipe. Yum!
This may be a stupid question….. are we not supposed to cook the peas first?!?
Hi Ashley, good question! I pretty much always use frozen peas, which are already blanched before they are frozen, so you don’t need to cook them. If you are using fresh peas, you may want to blanch them in the pasta water before you make the pasta.
Oh ok great! I wasn’t sure and I made this for the first time tonight (I just microwaved them for about 2 mins just to soften a little).
Let me first say I’m not typically a pesto or pea fan, I made this dinner mainly for my husband….
This was INCREDIBLE!! Thank you for the recipe!
I made this last night for a meatless monday dinner! I keep basil pesto in the freezer (no cheese) so the only thing I needed to buy was the avocado and some bread!
I made this dish and had some leftovers, very good. Nice, light, easy to make! We added some shredded romano cheese, yummy!
This was great, though it took a lot of stirring to distribute the pesto evenly, and I put it in the microwave twice to wilt the spinach to my taste.
Still, a nice dish for my wife’s birthday. We’ll make this again.
I added lemon juice, dried parsley and two garlic cloves to kick the flavor up . Oh yeah, it’s good!
I also used lemon juice vs vinegar as the acid. Much brighter flavor I think
This is such a simple, summery dish with endless possibilities. It would be great as a main dish or side. Here in Northern Ireland we cannot grow Basil in enough quantities to make fresh pesto but I would use ready made instead.
I tried a riff on this with olives, tomatoes, and mozzarella in place of the peas and avocado. Delicious! Thanks for the great idea.
A quiet little pasta salad with a true touch of magic! Thank you Elise! We love it!
This sounds and looks wonderful! I love all the green ingredients against the pasta. This will be a great side dish with some nice steak.