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Pea pesto in a small glass bowl with a white ceramic spoon.

5 Minute Pea Pesto

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  • Author: Jessie
  • Prep Time: 4 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 min
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: Makes about 1.5 cups 1x
  • Category: Sauce
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


This easy green pea pesto is ready in just five minutes.


  • 1 cup peas
  • 2 cups fresh pea shoots
  • 1-2 small garlic cloves, peeled
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil (you may not need it all)


  1. Place peas, pea shoots, garlic, salt, pepper, and lemon juice into the bowl of a food processor. Pulse a few times until everything is coarsely chopped.
  2. While the food processor is running, slowly stream in olive oil and blend until everything is incorporated into a smooth pesto (you may not need all of the olive oil). Scrape down the sides of the food processor with a spatula and pulse once more to incorporate.
  3. Serve immediately or store pesto in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week. This pesto also freezes beautifully if you want to keep it longer!


Frozen peas are fine - just defrost them before you blend them into the pesto!

If you can't find pea shoots, you can substitute fresh spinach, kale, arugula, or basil leaves.

Feel free to add to this pesto recipe to make it your own. Parmesan cheese, fresh herbs, pine nuts, almonds, or walnuts are all tasty additions.

Use this pesto as a sauce for pasta or pesto gnocchi, chicken, fish, you name it! This pesto is also delicious spread on a piece of crostini with a bit of goat cheese.