Pretty Green Pesto

By • July 5, 2010 • 4 Comments

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Author Notes: How original. A basil competition and I'm submitting a pesto recipe. This is not your typical pesto. I call it Pretty Green Pesto for two reasons. First, the color is stunning. It’s not the typical grainy looking pesto; it’s smooth and beautiful. Secondly, Pretty Green is one of my favorite songs. This pesto is perfect for summer.MySocialChef

Serves 4-8

  • 2 cups Frozen Peas
  • 1/3 cup Pine Nuts
  • 1 cup Olive Oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Fresh Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 bunch or 1 Cup Fresh Basil
  • 10 pieces Fresh Mint
  • 1/2 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  1. Boil a pot of water and the frozen peas and cook for 3 minutes or until the peas are warmed through. Strain them and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking. In a pan, add the pine nuts and cook over medium heat for 3-5 minutes. You just want to toast them until they turn a light brown. Keep stirring. Once most of them have some color, pour them into a bowl. Don’t leave them in the pan; they will keep cooking and burn. Add the oil first to a blender and add all the other ingredients and blend until smooth. Make your spaghetti as directed, strain and add about 3/4 a cup of pesto. Do not cook the sauce.
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Tags: Jennifer Steinhauer, Jenny, Jenny's in the Kitchen, jestei

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about 3 years ago sftartlette

Delicious! I also used walnuts instead of pine nuts and a bit of kale instead of mint, but it still turned out tasty. Love the color and flavor from the peas!


about 3 years ago elizabethcl

I made this tonight and loved the extra texture and color added by the peas. I had to sub walnuts in for the pine nuts, but it still came out great. Thank you!


about 4 years ago Happyolks

You're right, this pesto DOES sound more special than the norm. I'll totally give it a try :) :)


about 4 years ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

Cool photo!