Green Peas & Pea Shoots Pesto Recipe With Pasta & Sundried Tomatoes Is Spring on a Plate by Chef Gigi

Green Peas & Pea Shoots Pesto Recipe With Pasta & Sundried Tomatoes Is Spring on a Plate

Pea shoots are the leaves on the pea plant, and can be harvested a lot sooner than summer peas. Fresh and crisp, they make a wonderful addition to pesto. This easy pea and pea shoots pesto recipe can be used like regular pesto, or mixed with cooked pastasundried tomatoes and Parmesan for a quick and tasty meal.

Serve the pesto immediately or store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week. This pea pesto recipe also freezes beautifully.

Cuisine: Italian / American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6 to 12 minutes, depending on pasta used
Total Time: 16 to 22 minutes

Servings: 4



  • 3 cups green peas
  • 2 - 4 cloves garlic, peeled 
  • 3 cups pea shoots (or your favorite greens)  
  • 1 - 2 teaspoons lemon juice 
  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2  - 3/4 cups Parmesan cheese, finely grated 


Here's how to make it: 

  1. In a blender or food processor, add the peas, garlic, pea shoots and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper. Pulse a few times until everything is coarsely chopped. With the motor running, slowly stream in olive oil and blend until everything is incorporated into a smooth pesto. Scrape down the sides with a spatula and pulse once more to incorporate. 
  2. Toss the pesto with hot cooked noodles or zoodles, grated Parmesan cheese and sundried tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper, if desired. 

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Elisa Schmitz
I love pesto. This pea pesto recipe sounds like a packs a flavor punch and I can't wait to try it. Perfect spring dinner, Chef Gigi Gaggero, Host of KSCU 103.3 FM LIVE Food Talk Radio S.F. Bay Area ! #yum
Peas and lemon are so good together...
What a pretty presentation! 😋

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