Pasta, Pesto, And Peas

Serving 12 people

32 min


  • black pepper 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • bow tie pasta 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • fresh basil leaves 3/4 pound bow tie pasta
  • fusilli pasta 5 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
  • garlic 3/4 pound fusilli pasta
  • kosher salt 3 tablespoons chopped garlic (9 cloves)
  • lemon juice 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • mayonnaise 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • olive oil 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • parmesan 1 1/4 cups good mayonnaise
  • peas 1/4 cup good olive oil
  • pesto 1 1/2 cups good olive oil
  • pignoli 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • spinach 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • walnuts 1 1/2 cups frozen peas, defrosted
  • 1 1/2 cups pesto (packaged or see recipe below)
  • 1/4 cup pignoli (pine nuts)
  • 1/3 cup pignoli (pine nuts)
  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, defrosted and squeezed dry
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
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How to make it

  1. Watch how to make this recipe.
  2. Cook the fusilli and bow ties separately in a large pot of boiling salted water for 10 to 12 minutes until each pasta is al dente.
  3. Drain and toss into a bowl with the olive oil. Cool to room temperature.
  4. In the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade, puree the pesto, spinach, and lemon juice.
  5. Add the mayonnaise and puree.
  6. Add the pesto mixture to the cooled pasta and then add the Parmesan, peas, pignoli, salt, and pepper.
  7. Mix well, season to taste, and serve at room temperature.
  8. Place the walnuts, pignoli, and garlic in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Process for 15 seconds.
  9. Add the basil leaves, salt, and pepper. With the processor running, slowly pour the olive oil into the bowl through the feed tube and process until the pesto is thoroughly pureed.
  10. Add the Parmesan and puree for a minute. Use right away or store the pesto in the refrigerator or freezer with a thin film of olive oil on top.
  11. Notes: Air is the enemy of pesto. For freezing, pack it in containers with a film of oil or plastic wrap directly on top with the air pressed out.
  12. To clean basil, remove the leaves, swirl them in a bowl of water, and then spin them very dry in a salad spinner. Store them in a closed plastic bag with a slightly damp paper towel. As long as the leaves are dry they will stay green for several days.