Pasta with Peas and Pesto

5 from 9 reviews

This easy pasta recipe features peas and pesto. It’s made with basic ingredients (frozen peas and store-bought pesto) and tastes fantastic! Keep this recipe in your back pocket for busy weeknights. Recipes serves 6.




  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the garlic, cheese, oil, lemon juice, red pepper flakes (if using), a couple pinches of salt, and plenty of black pepper. 
  2. Add the thawed peas and stir to combine. Taste and adjust the salt and pepper as needed. Use the back of a fork to roughly mash just half of the peas, and leave the other half whole. 
  3. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to boil and cook the pasta according to the package instructions. Drain and toss the pasta with the smashed peas and a few large spoonfuls of pesto. Taste, and add more salt and pepper if necessary. 
  4. Top with the basil, lemon slices, and a light grating of cheese before serving.


Recipe lightly adapted from Take It Easy by Gaby Dalkin.  

*How to thaw frozen peas: Defrost the frozen peas in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight, or simply place them in a colander and run cool water over them for 3 to 6 minutes. 

**Pasta suggestions: Ideally, choose a shorter pasta noodle that has little nooks and crannies that can catch the peas. Options include reginetti (shown), mafaldine, fusilli, farfalle or papillon, shells, trumpets, or orecchiette.

Change it up: Dollops of ricotta cheese are a nice addition. This recipe is easily halved.

Make it gluten free: Substitute your favorite sturdy gluten-free noodle.

Make it vegan: Substitute vegan pesto (or make your own with this recipe but omit the cheese), omit the cheese and top with a generous sprinkle of my Vegan Parmesan Cheese.

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