Green Pea Pesto Linguine
This fresh and delicious tasting pasta dish is a wonderful vegan meal that will be loved by all! It comes to us from "Vegan Comfort Classics" by Lauren Toyota. This is an amazing book that I highly recommend you check out!
The Green Pea Pesto Linguine was surprisingly easy to make and the result was lovely, the day of and two more days after!
The ingredients are pretty standard, but the one ingredient that might be tough is the amount of basil you need. Luckily, I have my trusty basil plant growing on my deck; barring that, I'm pretty sure this would require about $8 of fresh basil from the store....
1 lb lingune
2 cups fresh or frozen peas
1 tsp sea salt
2 cups packed fresh basil leaves
2 garlic cloves
1/2 cup vegan parmesan (see recipe below)
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
Vegan parmesan - this can be purchased, or easily made by blending/processing 1/3 cup raw almonds (or cashews or pistachios) with 1/8 cup nutritional yeast and 1/2 tsp sea salt. Super easy.
(Vegan parm can be super expensive in stores, and I made this batch in seriously 4 minutes.)
Cook the linguine as directed on the package, adding the peas in to the cooking water for the last minute of cooking time.
While the noodles are cooking, blend or process 1 cup of peas (thawed and drained if frozen), salt, 2 cups of basil leaves, garlic, 1/4 cup parmesan, lemon juice, and olive oil.
Drain the linguine/peas and put them back in the warm cooking pot. Add in 3/4 of the pesto (saving some for garnish) and mix well.
For plating: On top of the dressed pasta, add a spoon full of the reserved pesto and a couple of bonus basil leaves.
Simplicity rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ I had all these ingredients on hand and the recipe came together in about 20 minutes total (including making the parmesan). I will say I would take away one star if I didn't have my lovely basil plant on my deck.
Vegan rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Simply wonderful!
Carnivore rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "Really delicious!" (And he ate the leftovers for two more days!)
Kid rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ "I love it Mom! What's in the green stuff?"
Will definitely keep this on the "make again" list (as long as I don't kill my basil plant...)