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overhead view of two round white bowls filled with cooked corkscrew pasta tossed in smoky pea and basil pesto a tumbler of white wine sits next to each bowl along with a fork a chunk of toasted baguette with a dish of butter rest at the bottom left corner and a vase of hydrangeas and a small white ramekin of grated parmesan with a small spoon rest at the top right

Smoky Pea & Basil Pesto Pasta


Smoky Pea & Basil Pesto Pasta! Smoked Almonds, Peas, and Basil are whirled in a blender to create a rich & velvety pesto. Toss with cooked rotini pasta for a quick and easy dinner!



For the Pesto:

1/4 cup smoked almonds

10 ounces frozen peas, thawed and drained

packed 1/3 cup of basil leaves

1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

1/2 tsp sea salt

1 Tbsp lemon juice

One large clove of garlic, minced

Remaining Ingredients:

8 ounces of rotini pasta, cooked and drained

1/41/2 cup of reserved pasta cooking water

additional peas and grated parmesan, for garnish, if desired


To Make the Pesto:

  • Place all of the pesto ingredients in a high-speed blender.  Puree the ingredients until smooth.  Set aside.
  • Cook the pasta according to the directions on the box. About a minute before the pasta is finished cooking, use a glass measuring cup to carefully scoop out 1/4-1/2 cup of the cooking water. 
  • Set the cooking water aside.
  • Drain pasta in a colander and dump the drained pasta back into the pot.
  • Stir several spoonfuls of the pesto into the pasta. 
  • Add a dash of the reserved cooking water. 
  • Continue adding pesto and cooking water until the pasta is coated to your liking.  There will be a little bit of pesto leftover.
  • Scoop pasta into serving bowls and enjoy!!!
  • The pasta can be served with additional thawed peas and grated parmesan cheese if desired.


  • Don’t use grated parmesan from a can.  The final pesto will be thick & clumpy. Look for wedges of Parmesan Reggiano in the cheese department of your local grocery store.
  • Place frozen peas in a strainer and run hot water over them until the peas are thawed and bright green.
  • The reserved pasta cooking water contains starch from the pasta that helps the pesto sauce bind to the noodles.
  • There will be a little bit of pesto left.  Use it to top toast or spread on sandwiches!
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 9 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Boil
  • Cuisine: Italian

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