Pasta with Peas and Pesto

This great pasta salad adds peas and pesto for a great pasta salad mix.

Ingredients:

Pesto:

  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 3 tablespoons chopped garlic (9 cloves)
  • 5 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups good olive oil
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan

Directions:

  • Cook the two pasta’s separately in a large pot of boiling salted water for 10 to 12 minutes until each pasta is al dente.
  • Drain and toss into a bowl with the olive oil. Cool to room temperature.
  • In the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade, puree the pesto, spinach, and lemon juice. Add the mayonnaise and puree. Add the pesto mixture to the cooled pasta and then add the Parmesan, peas, pine nuts, salt, and pepper.
  • Mix well, season to taste, and serve at room temperature.

Pesto:

  • Place the walnuts, pine nuts, and garlic in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade.¬†Process for 15 seconds.
  • Add the basil leaves, salt, and pepper. With the processor running, slowly pour the olive oil into the bowl through the feed tube and process until the pesto is thoroughly pureed.
  • Add the Parmesan and puree for a minute. Use right away or store the pesto in the refrigerator or freezer with a thin film of olive oil on top.

 

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