Pesto & Green Pea Pasta {recipe}

I’m constantly finding myself stuck when it comes to weeknight meals…I always have trouble thinking of something quick, healthy and different to make.  Pasta is usually my go-to dish, I like to load it up with veggies and add a basic sauce like tomato, but that tends to get old after a while.  In an effort to mix things up, I experimented with a healthier pesto pasta dish the other night.  I mixed up a simple, fresh pesto then added some green peas for an extra pop of flavor!  I enjoyed this pasta as a main dish, but it would make a great side dish along too!  Here’s my simple Pesto & Green Pea Pasta recipe…

Pesto & Green Pea Pasta [serves 4 as a main dish, 6-8 as a side]

INGREDIENTS:

1 pound wheat linguine

1 cup frozen petite green peas, thawed

3/4 cup packed torn basil leaves

1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

2 cloves garlic, minced

4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

METHOD:

Cook pasta according to directions.  In a food processor or chopper, combine basil, olive oil and Parmesan cheese, blend until chopped and well mixed. In warm sauce pan, combine pasta and pesto sauce, then add thawed peas. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Serve alone or as a side =)

Enjoy!

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