Updated: Jun 19, 2022
This isn’t your traditional ‘pesto’ – there’s no nuts, herbs or cheese. It’s a green sauce that masquerades as pesto. This recipe is a frugal way of using frozen peas and canned chickpeas. A flavourful no-cook sauce that you can whip up in a flash. As this is an uncooked sauce, the garlic is prominent, so adjust garlic to ½ clove if you want a milder taste.
PEA PESTO PASTA SAUCE
1 cup frozen peas, thawed
½ generous cup chickpeas
¼ cup nutritional yeast flakes (substitute with vegan parmesan or omit and add extra seasonings)
1-2 cloves garlic (or 1 tsp garlic powder)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2-3 tablespoons olive oil + extra to finish
½ tsp salt + extra to season
cooked pasta for 4 people (reserve ½ cup of cooking water)
Into a blender or food processor, add the peas, chickpeas, yeast flakes, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and ½ tsp salt. Process until smooth. It doesn’t have to be a completely smooth sauce if you prefer a chunkier texture.
Stir the pesto through your cooked pasta, along with your reserved cooking water. This starchy pasta water will create a creamier consistency. Add a dash more salt to taste and generous drizzle of olive oil.
Serve and enjoy!