Whole Wheat Linguine with Green Pea Pesto

Whole Wheat Linguine with Green Pea Pesto

Serves 6
In this dish, a vibrantly colored pesto made from peas and fresh herbs dresses up whole wheat pasta. Try the pesto as a spread on sandwiches and crostini, too.
  • 1 pound whole wheat linguine
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen and thawed green peas
  • 1 cup packed flat-leaf parsley leaves (from 1 bunch parsley)
  • 1/2 cup packed basil leaves, or a combination of basil and mint
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon capers, drained
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnut pieces, toasted
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
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Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add linguine and cook until al dente, 8 to 10 minutes. Reserve 1/2 cup of the cooking water, then drain linguine and transfer to a large bowl.

Meanwhile, put peas, parsley, basil, lemon juice and capers into a food processor and pulse to make a coarse paste. With the motor running, add oil in a steady stream. Season with salt and pepper.

Toss hot linguine with reserved 1/2 cup cooking water and pesto. Top with walnuts.
Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving: 280 calories (160 from fat), 18g total fat, 1g saturated fat, 200mg sodium, 26g carbohydrates, (6 g dietary fiber, 2g sugar), 8g protein.
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