Pea Shoot and Green Garlic Pesto

Pea Shoot and Green Garlic Pesto

1 bunch pea shoots (cut above the rubber band and washed)
1 (or 2 if you like it garlicky) green garlic washed and chopped with plenty of the green top included
4 T. olive oil 1 t. salt (or to taste)
1/2 c. freshly grated parmesan
1/2 c. toasted nuts (walnuts, pinenuts, etc)
12 oz. cooked pasta

Combine pea shoots, green garlic, olive oil, salt, parm (short for parmesan in our kitchen), and nuts in a food processor. Process until you have a nice bright green paste. If it’s not combining well drizzle in more oil as it’s processing. Toss with the just-drained pasta. Garnish with a little freshly grated parm and serve hot, or refrigerate and add a cup of halved cherry tomatoes to make a nice pasta salad.

Pea Shoot and Green Garlic Pesto

Here’s a recipe I made up just for the newsletter. My wife was skeptical but she had to admit it was delicious.

Pea shoot and green garlic pesto

1 bunch pea shoots (cut above the rubber band and washed)
1 large or 2 small green garlic washed and chopped with plenty of the green top included
4 T. olive oil
1 t. salt (or to taste)
¼ c. freshly grated parmesan
½ c. toasted nuts (walnuts, pinenuts, etc)
12 oz. cooked pasta

Combine pea shoots, green garlic, olive oil, salt, parm (short for parmesan in our kitchen), and nuts in a food processor. Process until you have a nice bright green paste. If it’s not combining well drizzle in more oil as it’s processing. Toss with the just-drained pasta. Garnish with a little freshly grated parm and serve hot, or refrigerate and add a cup of halved cherry tomatoes to make a nice pasta salad.