If you are using fresh peas, you will need to blanch them to bring out the flavor and color before making the pesto. Blanching is super easy and only takes a couple minutes - all you need to do is put the peas in boiling water for about 2-3 minutes and then put them straight into a bowl of ice water (as seen in the video!). Otherwise, just use frozen peas and thaw them out before adding them into the food processor.
1 cup fresh peas, blanched (don't feel like blanching fresh peas? Just use thawed frozen peas!)
2 frozen garlic cubes (or 2 fresh cloves)
1 bunch of fresh basil
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp freshly grated parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
Optional for serving: whole wheat crackers, sliced cherry tomatoes, and basil for garnish
1. Add peas, garlic, basil, lemon, and Parmesan to your food processor. Pulse until combined. Do not over-pulse because we want it to have a nice texture.
2. Add olive oil, salt and pepper. Pulse a few more times.
3. Taste test to make sure it's seasoned perfectly.
4. Scoop a spoonful of pea pesto onto each cracker and top with cherry tomatoes and anything else you heart desires: burrata, arugula, prosciutto, parmesan....