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Pea pesto

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Pea pesto

Peas, pine nuts, Parmesan & basil

Peas, pine nuts, Parmesan & basil

Serves 2

Cooks In10 minutes

DifficultySuper easy

Nutrition per serving
  • Calories 574 29%

  • Fat 29.4g 42%

  • Saturates 5.6g 28%

  • Sugars 6.1g 7%

  • Salt 0.8g 13%

  • Protein 19.3g 39%

  • Carbs 61.9g 24%

  • Fibre 5.1g -

Of an adult's reference intake


  • 100 g frozen peas
  • ¼ of a clove of garlic
  • 2 sprigs of fresh basil or mint
  • 30 g pine nuts
  • 30 g Parmesan cheese , plus extra for grating
  • extra virgin olive oil

Recipe From

Jamie: Keep Cooking and Carry On

By Jamie Oliver


  1. Sit a sieve in the pan of pasta as it cooks, add the peas and blanch for 2 minutes.
  2. Peel the garlic and place in a pestle and mortar with a pinch of sea salt. Tear in the herb leaves and add the pine nuts.
  3. Drain the peas and add them to the mix, then roughly bash it all up to whatever texture you like – I like to keep it chunky.
  4. Finely grate in the Parmesan, and add about 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil – enough to give you a spoonable consistency – then mix and season to perfection with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Drain the pasta, reserving a mugful of starchy cooking water. Toss with the pesto, loosening with some splashes of cooking water.
  5. Transfer to plates, and finish with a little drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and an extra grating of Parmesan, if you like.


1. Use whatever nuts you’ve got – almonds would be delicious here, but feel free to experiment and make your own combos.
2. Parmesan cheese is classic but you can use whatever hard cheese you’ve got.

Watch the video: Easy Pea Pesto. Dairy-free + Vegan Pesto Recipe (February 2023).