Wow that title was a pickle to say!
Hello Gorgeous people. 💕
I wanted to share with you my latest obsession; pesto made with peas and basil. This dish is somehow hearty but also light, and doesn’t make you feel like you have just eaten enough for a family of 5. It’s also fast, full of nutrients and looks impressive when served.
You must, must, must, use fresh lemon juice and a whole massive bunch of basil for this recipe to really sing. I’d also recommend using a good quality olive oil and local garlic, where possible. Also baby peas provide a sweeter, softer taste, but if you prefer a stronger pea go for adult ones (feels so funny talking about baby and adult peas 😂). This serves three hungry people, or four slightly hungry people.
Let’s hop in.
Peasto with Pasta
1 tablespoon each of; olive oil and vegan or regular butter
1 large brown onion
4 garlic cloves
The juice of one lemon
2 cups frozen baby peas
1 big bunch of basil
3 cups of baby spinach
1.5 tablespoon Tamari or low sodium soya sauce
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
Enough pasta for 3 people
Vegan or regular Parmesan or strong cheddar to top
Extra or leftover basil to top
Heat up big pot of water until boiling (with a little olive oil and salt) and cook pasta according to packet instructions.
Finely chop onion and garlic cloves, and fry in a large pan until soft and fragrant along with the olive oil, lemon juice and butter. Add in the baby spinach and basil leaves, and sautée until leaves are wilted.
Slosh in your vinegar and soya sauce, before adding in your peas and cooking until soft and cooked through. Season generously with salt and pepper. Remove from heat and set aside for ten minutes.
Finish by wizzing the sauce until a paste forms and add in any extra peas or basil. Top with lots of cheese and basil leaves. I like to serve this with big bowl of green salad.
If you enjoy spicy foods, you could also add in a fresh chilli along with the garlic and onion at the beginning. If I feel like a lemony flavour, I will also add in the zest too.
Enjoy and let me know what you have been cooking recently. 🍝 🌱