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Pesto Pea Pasta

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Spring in a bowl!

Ingredients

  • 2-½ cups Fresh Hulled Peas
  • 1 pound Pasta
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 1 whole Lemon, Zested
  • 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • ¼ cups Olive Oil
  • Kosher Salt To Taste
  • 1 cup Parmesan Cheese, Finely Grated Plus Extra For Garnish If Desired

Preparation

1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Prepare a large bowl of ice water.
2. Put peas into the boiling water. Boil peas for 30 seconds and then remove them from the boiling water with a slotted spoon and drain. Then immediately plunge them into the ice water.
3. Bring the water in the pot back to a boil and add the pasta. Cook it according to package directions for al dente. When done drain it and put it into a large serving bowl.
4. Drain the peas and add them into the bowl of a food processor with garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice and olive oil. Puree until smooth. Season with kosher salt. Pulse cheese in the mixture for 2 seconds.
5. Toss the pea pesto with the pasta and season with additional kosher salt and pepper if needed. You can garnish with additional Parmesan cheese if desired.

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