mint pea pesto linguine

“Do you know you have three bags of frozen peas in the freezer?”

That was the first thing I heard when I walked into the kitchen for a big mug of coffee on Sunday morning. Apparently, Rob had already made coffee and reorganized the freezer all before I even got out of bed.

My response? “Really? I’ll just make a dish with peas in it today, no big deal.”

I was determined to use an entire bag of peas so I headed straight to my computer for ideas. I came across Smitten Kitchen‘s recipe for linguine with pea pesto and decided to make my own version with more peas, a smidge less olive oil & fresh mint blended in.

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Peas are one of those sneaky super foods. They’re full of phytonutrients that have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. They’re high in fiber. When it comes to vegetables, they’re also a really good source of protein with 7 grams in 1 cup.

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With all these good things peas have to offer, I don’t really see the problem of having 3 bags in my freezer at one time.

Another healthy ingredient in this dish is pine nuts. Here’s a tip for those of you who always end up with blackened, not toasted pine nuts (me included.) Don’t toast them on the stove! Preheat the oven to 375F, pop them in a baking pan and give them a shake every 2 minutes or so, for 6-8 minutes. Set a timer so you don’t forget they’re in there and it’s a fool-proof way to get perfectly toasted pine nuts.

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I literally just dumped everything into the food processor: peas, fresh mint, garlic, pine nuts, Parmesan cheese, a pinch of sea salt.

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The olive oil went in after I had a nice little puree going on.

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The pesto is thick so using hot pasta water when you mix everything together will give you the perfect consistency.

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Suddenly, having an oversupply of frozen peas doesn’t seem to be such a problem.


14 Comments on mint pea pesto linguine

  1. Jolene
    February 20, 2013 at 5:10 pm (4 years ago)

    Just made this with my mom last night, and it turned out amazing, will defintiley be making again

    • elle
      February 20, 2013 at 5:44 pm (4 years ago)

      Glad you liked it! It’s one of my favs. :)

  2. Leslie
    February 17, 2013 at 6:53 pm (4 years ago)

    I just wanted to tell you that my husband and I make this frequently! We love it! The only edit I made was to substitute walnuts for pine nuts. I love your blog!

    And Then The Doorbell Rang

  3. Aimee Culver
    February 16, 2013 at 9:23 am (4 years ago)

    I’m going to have to try this recipe now that I see how creative you can be with a simple bag of peas. I also currently own 3 bags of frozen peas and I have procrastinated to use them since the thought never occurred to me you can make your own pesto with them! The mint does sound very interesting – seems like it would add some balance to your palette when eating a very “green” meal. :) Thanks for the idea!

  4. Julia
    February 15, 2013 at 11:03 pm (4 years ago)

    I just made pesto for the first time today! I’m so thrilled with the way it turned out, I’m ready to go on a pesto rampage now :) Your linguine looks fantastic – healthful and flavorful!

  5. Sarah
    February 15, 2013 at 10:39 pm (4 years ago)

    This looks delicious! I think I probably have 3 bags of peas in my freezer right now too.

  6. Stacy
    October 22, 2012 at 6:08 pm (4 years ago)


  7. Lauren
    September 26, 2012 at 10:47 pm (4 years ago)

    That looks great! I’ll pop by the clubhouse for some leftovers :)

  8. Libby
    September 26, 2012 at 6:38 pm (4 years ago)

    Can’t wait to try this! Mmmm….

  9. Dana @ Conscious Kitchen Blog
    September 26, 2012 at 12:54 pm (4 years ago)

    Yum! I love pesto, but peas… not so much. This would be a perfect way to get more veggies (aka the peas) into the dish without noticing so much. Definitely saved this recipe!

  10. Anne Park
    September 26, 2012 at 9:33 am (4 years ago)

    I’m making this tonight. Sounds amazing!

  11. Tracy @ The Runners Palate
    September 26, 2012 at 8:58 am (4 years ago)

    That looks delicious! I made a basil, walnut, Parmesan pesto last week and spread it over warmed Naan bread for an appetizer. Yum!

  12. Kate @ Kate is eating
    September 26, 2012 at 8:53 am (4 years ago)

    Yum! I’ve been wanting to try out different pesto recipes. I, too, have a surplus of frozen peas. Great recipe! The mint is a nice touch!


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