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Pesto made with peas, cilantro, garlic, and parmesan

Pea & Cilantro Pesto

Michele Pesula Kuegler
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Main Course
Servings 4


  • 1-1/2 cup peas*
  • 3/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice about 1 lemon
  • Salt & pepper


  • Place peas in bowl of food processor.
  • Add cilantro, garlic, and parmesan.
  • Secure food processor lid, and add half of the lemon juice.
  • Turn food processor to high.
  • Leaving food processor on high, add a teaspoon of lemon juice.
  • Turn processor off, scrape down sides of bowl.
  • Turn food processor to high, adding more lemon juice, if needed, to fully incorporate ingredients.
  • Season with salt and pepper, and pulse to combine.
  • Transfer to a small bowl.
  • Serve with crackers or as a topping for spaghetti squash or pasta.



*If using frozen peas, defrost. If using fresh peas, cook until tender.
Keyword pesto