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Pea Pesto


A bright, lemony pea pesto to welcome Spring!  Super easy recipe that is sure to impress.



  • 1 (10-ounce) bag frozen baby peas, defrosted
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/3 cup mint leaves
  • 1/3 cup basil
  • ½ cup Parmesan
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil, plus additional for garnish


In a food processor, pulse together the peas, garlic, mint, basil, Parmesan, lemon juice, 1-teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper.  While the machine is running, add in the olive oil.  Pulse until smooth.  Taste and adjust salt and pepper, if necessary. 


Antipasto 1: Pea Pesto and Ricotta Dip


·      Pea pesto from recipe above

·      Fresh ricotta

·      Extra virgin olive oil

·      For garnish: mint leaves, basil, pea shoots, flaky sea salt, freshly ground black pepper

·      Toasted slices of baguette


Take a large serving platter and spread the ricotta on the platter.  Swirl with a spoon. Take a few tablespoons of the pesto and swirl into the ricotta.   Drizzle the platter with olive oil.  Garnish with mint leaves, basil leaves, pea shoots.  Sprinkle with flaky sea salt and a few swirls of pepper.  Serve with lots of toasted bread.   

Antipasto 2: Farinata with Pea Pesto

    For the farinata:

·      1 cup chickpea flour

·      1 cup water

·      2 tablespoons olive oil plus additional

·      1 teaspoon kosher salt

   For the topping:

·      Pea pesto

·      Fresh peas

·      Parmesan cheese

·       For garnish: mint leaves, basil, pea shoots, flaky sea salt


Make the farinata: In a bowl, whisk together the chickpea flour and water.   Add in the olive oil and salt. Whisk until light and airy.  Cover and set the batter aside to rest for at least 1 hour; up to 12 hours if you have the time.

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. When the oven is up to temperature, heat a large cast iron skillet over medium heat. Drizzle in about 2 tablespoons olive oil. When the oil is hot, pour in the batter and tip the pan so the batter covers the bottom.  Transfer the pan to the oven and bake 10-15 minutes until firm.  Place under the broiler for a few minutes to brown the top.  

Allow to cool slightly. Top with the pea pesto, fresh peas, Parmesan cheese, mint leaves, pea shoots.  Finish with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of flaky sea salt and serve!