This pea pesto pasta with roasted tomatoes is an easy and delicious vegetarian meal. It’s sure to please everyone for lunch or dinner!

Pea Pesto Pasta With Roasted Tomatoes - Daisybeet

A vegetarian crowd pleaser meal

Who doesn’t love pesto pasta? It’s a classic, comforting meal that’s easy to make and takes about 20 minutes to get on the table.

This pea pesto in this dish is just as delicious as classic basil pesto, but with an extra boost of nutrition. Peas add vitamins, minerals, fiber, and plant-based protein to pesto, while giving it a vibrant green hue.

What’s in pea pesto pasta?

Don’t worry, you’ll still find the classic pesto ingredients in this recipe! Here is what you need to make it:

  • Peas: I used frozen peas. Just heat them in boiling water for about 5 minutes to cook.
  • Basil: For that classic pesto taste!
  • Pine nuts: Pesto recipes traditionally call for pine nuts, but you could also use walnuts, almonds, or cashews in this recipe.
  • Lemon juice
  • Garlic
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Olive oil
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Pasta
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What type of pasta is best with pesto?

You can use your favorite pasta in this recipe, but some pasta shapes pair better with pesto than others. Pasta with grooves and curves are ideal. These shapes stick to the oil and herb based sauce very well.

Rotini, fusilli, and cavatappi are excellent pasta shapes to enjoy with pesto. Good old spaghetti is another great option.

How to make pea pesto pasta with roasted tomatoes

  • Toss cherry tomatoes and sliced garlic in olive oil, salt, and pepper. Roast in the oven.
  • Prepare the pesto in a food processor.
  • Cook pasta of choice on the stovetop, reserving some of the pasta water.
  • Add a little pasta water to pesto to thin it out.
  • Toss pasta and roasted tomatoes in pesto and serve right away.
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Pea Pesto Pasta With Roasted Tomatoes

This pea pesto pasta with roasted tomatoes is an easy and delicious vegetarian meal. It’s sure to please everyone for lunch or dinner!

  • Author: Alex
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: serves 3 1x
  • Category: main dish
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Ingredients

  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 8 oz fusilli pasta, or similar shape

Pea Pesto

  • 1 cup cooked green peas
  • 1 cup fresh basil
  • 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1/3 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400F. Toss tomatoes and sliced garlic in olive oil, plus a shake of salt and pepper. Roast them on a baking sheet for 15 minutes, tossing once halfway through.
  2. While tomatoes are in the oven, prepare the pesto. Add peas, basil, lemon juice, garlic, pine nuts, and salt to a food processor. Pulse several times until well combined. Add parmesan cheese and pulse a few times more to combine. Slowly drizzle in olive oil while blending, until desired consistency is reached. You may need to scrape down the edges of the bowl a few times.
  3. Prepare pasta according to package instructions. Reserve 1/2 cup of pasta water, then drain.
  4. Add a heaping 1/2 cup of pesto to a small bowl and whisk with 3-4 tbsp pasta water to thin out. Then, toss the pasta and roasted tomatoes in the pesto.
  5. Serve immediately.

Notes

  • You will have some leftover pesto – use it for another pasta dish, spread it onto a sandwich, top your eggs with it, or freeze for later use.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

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