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Speedy Pea & Basil Pesto Pasta

15 min


If you are looking for a fast, filling, and nutritious dinner idea, you've found it here. The aromatic basil leaves and toasted pine nuts blended together make a delicious pesto that's used to give this pasta a wonderful creaminess.



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  • 8.8 oz (250 g)
    dry spaghetti noodles
  • 1 tsp (5 mL)
    vegetable oil
  • 4
    cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp (5 mL)
    vegetable oil
  • 2
    shallots, diced
  • 2
    roasted red bell peppers, from a jar, diced
  • 1
    lemon, juiced
  • 1½ cups (240 g)
    fresh green peas
  • ½ cup (68 g)
    toasted pine nuts
  • 1 cup (24 g)
    fresh basil
  • 2 Tbsp (30 mL)
    olive oil
  • 1 pinch
  • 1 pinch
    ground black pepper
  • 2 cups (40 g)

Optional toppings

  • fresh basil
  • lemon slices
  • toasted pine nuts
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  1. Cook the pasta according to package instruction in salted boiling water until al dente.
  2. To a medium pan on high heat, add the oil and garlic and sauté for 2 minutes. Transfer to a small food processor.
  3. Returning the same pan to the heat, add the oil and shallots, and let cook for 2 minutes. Then add the roasted bell pepper and cook for 1 minute longer.
  4. Meanwhile, returning to the food processor, add in the lemon juice, peas, pine nuts, basil, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Blend until creamy.
  5. When the pasta is al dente, drain, and return to the pot.
  6. Add to the shallot and bell pepper mixture into the pot of the pasta, pour over the pea pesto, add the arugula, and toss to combine.
  7. Plate, garnish, and enjoy!


  • Store the pasta and pea pesto separately in airtight containers in the fridge for up to 4 days. Combine when ready to enjoy.

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Grains 43%

dry spaghetti noodles

Proteins 16%

fresh green peas

toasted pine nuts

Fruits & Veggies 41%

clove garlic


roasted red bell pepper


fresh basil


No significant sources of calcium

vegetable oil

vegetable oil

toasted pine nuts

olive oil

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Gesa - Sept. 16, 2021, 3:55 p.m.

This is the most interesting and unexpected pesto I have tried. It would never have come to my mind to toss green peas and baked bell pepper together with lots of lemon juice to make a pesto. And I never liked arugula before, but if fits so well with this dish. I highly recommend this recipe to anyone!

PUL Team - Sept. 16, 2021, 5:07 p.m.

Oh, Gesa, this means so much! We're so happy the pasta was enjoyed 🤩

Sandra - Aug. 31, 2021, 11:07 a.m.

Can I omit the onions? I can't eat them. Or should I add somthing else?

PUL Team - Sept. 1, 2021, 2:44 a.m.

Hi there, Sandra! Feel free to omit the shallots if desired. Using chives or adding the top green part of green onions can also be added at the end of cooking to help mimic the shallot flavour 🤗

Clare - Aug. 24, 2021, 8:23 a.m.

So delicious! Any substitute recommendations for pine nuts? They are quite expensive where I live... :(

Dagmar - Aug. 27, 2021, 2:07 p.m.

Hey Clare, I'm not an expert but I think cashew would work really well, too.

PUL Team - Aug. 28, 2021, 4:02 p.m.

For sure! Cashews are great, and I think almonds and sunflower seeds as well. Or feel free to use a combination of these. I hope you enjoy it, Clare 😊

Trish - Aug. 7, 2021, 11:55 p.m.

This was so healthy, refreshing but also delicious and filling at the same time! We don't have a food processor so I did our best to mash the peas but it still turned out amazing and just as flavorful!

Brian - July 31, 2021, 3:07 a.m.

I made this recipe in an effort to break my mother-in-laws bad cycle of cereal for dinner and it worked. Not only did she love it but she had a second helping and that's a rare sight. She could not stop talking about how flavorful it was. Who knows, she might be inspired to make it for me one evening now that she has seen how easy it is to make.

PUL Team - Aug. 1, 2021, 8:59 a.m.

Aw we're so glad the pasta was enjoyed, Brian, thank you for sharing!

Catalin - July 11, 2021, 11:35 p.m.

First time me and my boyfriend tried it we could not stop talking about how unexpectedly flavorful it is! Amazing as always. Grazie!

PUL Team - July 17, 2021, 2 a.m.

We're so glad you both enjoyed the pasta, Catalin, it means so much :D

Sam - July 9, 2021, 2:41 a.m.

I literally make this pasta at least once every week. It is so easy and so delicious :)

Victoria - July 8, 2021, 9:48 p.m.

A lighter more protein packed version of traditional basil pesto. I would recommend drizzling some good olive oil on top when you serve to up the flavor.

Mackenzie B. - July 8, 2021, 7:42 p.m.

This is easily one of my go-to recipes. I have the recipe memorized by now! Who would have thought that adding peas to pesto would make for such a delicious meal!

Chelsea - July 8, 2021, 7:16 p.m.

One of my go-to meal-prep recipes that's taught me how to trust my taste buds when making the pesto! I have a lot of allergies so I've never had authentic pesto, but this version is so fresh and tasty~

PUL Team - July 10, 2021, 3:37 p.m.

We're so thrilled to hear you've been enjoying the pesto, Chelsea!

Sarah Dan - July 4, 2021, 7:39 p.m.

love love this recipe!
It's the second time I'm cooking it but this time instead of pine nuts I used what I had which was sunflower seeds.
thank you for showing us how to make nutrient, vegan and yummy food!

PUL Team - July 5, 2021, 12:18 a.m.

We're so glad you're enjoying the recipe, Sarah! Sunflower seeds are a great idea. Thank you ✨🙂

Cris S - June 27, 2021, 12:37 p.m.

This is delicious! I added fried tofu for extra protein and texture and it worked wonders!

Tashkin - May 30, 2021, 8:43 a.m.

Wonderful meal! Thank you so much for this quick, delicious recipe. I make it often as it’s so fresh and tasty. I just add pickled red & yellow peppers as I like the acidity. Great job 👏🏻

Candice - May 12, 2021, 8:56 p.m.

I made this for supper this evening- used the sundried tomatoes instead of the peppers. My pesto didn't process smooth, but was still amazing.
I served mine with nutritional yeast flakes.
Thank you for a delicious dish

PUL Team - May 13, 2021, 6:53 a.m.

Oo nutritional yeast flakes are a lovely idea, Candice! Giving the pesto a bit of extra time in the food processor may help with the smoothness depending on how powerful yours is. We're so glad you enjoyed the recipe though 😃

Nehalie Gunawardena - May 10, 2021, 4:13 p.m.

This was such a nice meal to make. I enjoyed making this recipe with my family and can't wait to make it again.

PUL Team - May 11, 2021, 5:19 a.m.

Aww so nice to make it with your family, Nehalie, and so glad the pasta was enjoyed :)

Anna - April 21, 2021, 10:06 p.m.

Such a delicious recipe! I've never believed there are so many delicious vegan meals - and above all, my partner also loves it! :D Thank you for this amazing website and all your work <3 Greetings from Prague!

PUL Team - April 22, 2021, 3:42 a.m.

So glad you and your partner enjoyed the pasta, Anna! We appreciate the kind words very much. Lot's of love to Prague ✨🥰

Dagmar - April 15, 2021, 9:41 a.m.

I made this for my non vegan boyfriend who looked at his plate very suspiciously; so much green and not a piece of chicken in sight? That can't be good.
I didn't hear him say anything for about 15 minutes other than "this is really tasty" and "how did you make this without cheese". He liked it very much. This recipe is definitely something you could serve to people who are used to eating meat.

I added oyster mushrooms because of their meat-like bite.

PUL Team - April 16, 2021, 10:58 p.m.

We are so happy to hear this, Dagmar! Oyster mushrooms are a lovely idea :D

Meabh Hayes - April 8, 2021, 2:06 a.m.

Made this with my housemate as we had both been wanting to try a good Pesteo recipe and it was absolutely delicious!! Super easy to make, looked just as good as in the picture and went back for seconds!!! Would definitely recommend. A tip I found was to use a morter and pestle went crushing up the garlic, salt, pine nuts and basil if you don't have a food processor. I only had a hand mixer and it wasn't until the larger items like peas were put in that I could use it because of the size of the blender head. My housemate was also super sceptical about the peas in the pesto mixture but was fully convincted by the end 😋

PUL Team - April 8, 2021, 6:47 a.m.

Thank you for taking the time to share this with us, Meabh! Such an interesting idea to try a mortar and pestle. So glad your housemates and you enjoyed the pasta 🤩