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

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!
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Course: sauce, Topping
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: pea pesto, vegan pea pesto
Prep Time: 1 min
Cook Time: 2 mins
Total Time: 3 mins
Servings: 4 servings


  • 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).


Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving. See serving size in recipe.
Calories 158
Fat 8g
Carbohydrates 11g
Fiber 4g
Sugar 4g
Protein 8g
Where does nutrition info come from? Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy, sourced from the USDA Food Database.
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