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English Pea Pesto Pasta

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English Pea Pesto and Spaghetti

English Pea Pesto and Spaghetti

Diana Rattray
The natural sweetness and beautiful color of English peas make them a great addition to pesto. This pesto is easy to make and a delicious and easy pasta addition.
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Ingredients:

  • 1 pound spaghetti or linguine
  • 8 ounces diced ham
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil or butter
  • 1 cup frozen petite green peas, thawed or lightly cooked
  • 3/4 cup packed torn basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup fresh shredded Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, optional
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Preparation:

Cook spaghetti or linguine following package directions. Drain and rinse with hot water.

Meanwhile, in a small skillet, brown the ham in a few teaspoons of olive oil or butter.

Meanwhile, for pesto, combine in a food processor the peas, basil, Parmesan cheese, garlic, and walnuts, if using. Run the food processor, adding olive oil a little at a time. Taste and add salt and pepper, as needed.

Toss the ham and pesto with the hot pasta. Serve with more Parmesan cheese.
Serves 6.


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