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Slimy Pea Pesto Whole Wheat Penne

  • Author: Rachel Phipps
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 2


This easy pea pesto – made from a bag of frozen petite pois – is perfect to coat a bowl full of whole wheat penne for a healthy Halloween treat,


  • 200g (7 oz) Barilla Whole Wheat Penne Rigate
  • 150g (6 oz) Frozen Petit Pois, thawed
  • 1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil (I’m still totally in love with Pomora at the moment)
  • Large Handful Fresh Basil
  • Zest of 1/2 Unwaxed Lemon
  • 2 tsp Freshly Grated Parmesan
  • Sea Salt & Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • Squeeze of Fresh Lemon Juice


  1. Cook the pasta in a pan of boiling, salted water until it is al-dente.
  2. Meanwhile, make the pesto. In a small food processor or mini chopper (I swear by this one), blend the petit pois, olive oil, basil, lemon zest, parmesan, and a generous amount of salt and pepper. I like a smoother sauce, but you can also go for a chunky pesto. Add lemon juice to taste.
  3. Drain the pasta well, and stir in the pea pesto. Serve straight away, divided between two warm bowls.