Pea Pesto Pasta

Health / Nutrition / June 27, 2014

A new twist on the classic pesto, this pea pesto uses frozen peas and fresh mint in place of basil. The peas ‘meaty-up’ the pasta and the mint gives a fresh element to the dish. I like to play around with my herbs sometimes and this one worked out very nicely!

Nutrition info: 1 cup of cooked green peas contains 39% of vitamin K, 36% manganese and 26% copper – all important when it comes to building bone health.


Yield: 4 -6 servings

Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 15 mins

Total Time: 30 mins


algaecal pea pesto pasta

Suitable add ons:

    sautéed prawns or scallops

  • 1 pkg. organic whole wheat pasta
  • 3 cups organic frozen peas
  • 2 organic garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup organic mint leaves, chopped
  • 3/4 cup parmesan, grated
  • 1 tbsp. organic lemon zest
  • 1 organic lemon, squeezed for juice
  • 1/4 cup organic raw pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste



  1. Prepare pasta to packaged directions
  2. While pasta is cooking blanch frozen peas in boiling water for 1-2 minutes
  3. Then add 2 cups of peas, garlic, mint, lemon zest, lemon juice, pine nuts and extra virgin olive oil in a food processor or blender until smooth
  4. Add parmesan and blend until smooth and add salt and pepper to your liking
  5. Add 1 cup of leftover peas to the pesto, but do not blend
  6. Once pasta is ready mix with pea pesto and serve!



Monica Lam-Feist, BS

Monica is AlgaeCal’s Content Marketing Manager. Monica completed her studies at The University of Wisconsin-Madison where she received a B.S. degree in Life Sciences Communication and a B.A. degree in Sociology. She also received certificates in Digital Studies and Leadership. Monica was an elite athlete and played Varsity soccer for the Wisconsin Badgers, Vancouver Whitecaps and for the Canadian Women’s National Team. She brings a holistic and unique perspective and pulls from her experience in athletics and health to write for AlgaeCal.

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