Overhead shot of a bowl filled with pea pesto with peas and basil leaves around the bowl
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Pea Pesto

5 minute pea pesto has everything you love about traditional pesto but is slightly sweet and so easy to make!  This healthy recipe is vegan, dairy free, gluten free, and the perfect addition to any meal! This pesto is the perfect topping for chicken, salmon, pasta, zucchini noodles, roasted veggies or chickpeas for a super flavorful meal!
Prep Time1 min
Cook Time2 mins
Total Time3 mins
Course: sauce, Topping
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: pea pesto, vegan pea pesto
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 158kcal
Author: Samantha Rowland


  • 2 cups organic frozen peas, defrosted
  • 1 bunch organic basil about 1 cup
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2-3 tbsp water
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped see post for substitutions
  • 3 tbsp hemp hearts see post for substitutions
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1 tsp salt


  • Defrost the peas in the microwave or stove by cooking them just until they are no longer frozen. About 2 minutes in the microwave
  • Place defrosted peas in the food processor (you don't even need to clean it out from making cauliflower rice). Add the basil, lemon juice, olive oil, water, hemp hearts, mince garlic and salt. Puree until smooth (you may need to scrape the sides a few times).


Calories: 158kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 8g | Sodium: 585mg | Potassium: 176mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 720IU | Vitamin C: 30.8mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 2.7mg