green pesto in a small glass bowl with a white ceramic spoon sticking out of it and fresh pea shoots on the side

5 Minute Pea Pesto

  • Author: Jessie
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: Makes about 1.5 cups 1x


Easy pea pesto made in the food processor and ready in minutes.



  • 1 cup peas
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups pea shoots
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil


  1. Place peas, garlic, salt, pepper, pea shoots, and lemon juice into 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. 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 (it’s great with the pea shoot greens, though!)

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

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


  • Calories: 91