15-min Pea & Basil Pesto Pasta

If you are looking for a fast, filling, and nutritious dinner idea, you found it here. This pasta is packed with plant-protein too: from the peas & the pine nuts!

Plate method: for many of our meals, we try to follow the plate method whenever possible to ensure that our meals are nutritionally balanced. Learn more about the plate method here!

The pea & basil pesto is easy to whip up in a few minutes.

Bonus? This pasta tastes great hot AND cold! Perfect for spring and summer.

Try saying "pea & basil pesto pasta" three times fast!

Watch How To Make It Here

This recipe starts at 5:23



15-min Pea & Basil Pesto Pasta

Recipe PDF

▸ ▹ Vegan, gluten-free, soy-free

Yield: 3-4 servings Total Time: 15 min


9 oz (250 g) pasta, we used linguine (GF if desired)

1/2 cup (68 g) roasted pine nuts, reserve 2 Tbsp for topping

1 tsp (5 ml) oil

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 tsp (5 ml) oil

2 shallots, diced

2 large roasted bell peppers (aka paprikas) from a jar, diced

1.5 cup (225 g) cooked green peas, 1/4 cup (38 g) reserved for topping

1 lemon, juiced

1 heaping cup (30 g) fresh basil, chopped

2 Tbsp (30 ml) olive oil

Black pepper and salt to taste

2 cups (50 g) arugula

INGREDIENTS: Optional Toppings

Roasted pine nuts

Green peas

Chili flakes

Fresh basil

Lemon wedges


  1. Cook pasta according to package instruction in salted water until al dente.

  2. Roast pine nuts in a medium pan on high heat for 2 minutes, stirring throughout. Remove from heat and add to food processor, reserving 2 Tbsp for topping.

  3. To the same pan add the oil and garlic and sauté for 2 minutes, adding a splash of water to deglaze the pan as needed. Add to the food processor as well*.

  4. Back to the same pan add the oil and shallots, and let cook for 2 minutes, , adding a splash of water to deglaze the pan as needed. Then add the roasted paprika and cook for 1 minute longer.

  5. While the shallot cooks, add the peas, lemon juice, basil, olive oil, salt and pepper to the food processor which already contains the pine nuts and garlic. Blend until creamy.

  6. When pasta is done, drain, rinse, and return to the pot. Add to the shallot mixture on top, pour over the pea pesto, add the arugula, and toss to combine. Plate, garnish, and enjoy!


  1. *We like to cook the garlic first before adding it to the pesto for the extra flavour, but if you'd like you can add raw garlic straight to the food processor instead and skip this step.

  2. Storage: keep pasta in an