Spring Pea Pesto



Recipe Information

Total Time: 

10 minutes



Take a break from basil pesto with this easy, minty pea pesto. It’s convenient to throw some peas into the food processor with a handful of fresh mint and lemon zest (even frozen peas will work!). The resulting puree is smooth and spreadable — and has much less oil than standard pesto.


  • 1 cup peas, fresh or thawed if frozen
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest
  • 1 scallion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil


  1. Place the peas, mint, zest and scallions in a food processor bowl. Process, scraping down as needed to make a smooth puree. Add the lemon juice, salt, pepper and olive oil and process until well mixed.
  2. Transfer to a storage tub or bowl or stir directly into hot pasta.

Serving Suggestion

Try this zesty pesto tossed with pasta, spread on baguette or crackers, or on sandwiches.

Nutritional Information

60 calories, 3.5 g. fat, 0 mg. cholesterol, 340 mg. sodium, 6 g. carbohydrate, 2 g. fiber, 2 g. protein