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Homemade Pea Pesto

A dish of pasta coated in bright green pea pesto.

The Benefits

Peas: These petite green balls have an impressive nutrition profile which may help support blood sugar and digestion, fight chronic disease including heart disease and diabetes and reduce bloating. Plus, they're a good source of protein!

Vitamin A, B6, C & K - Fiber - Magnesium - Manganese - Zinc

Nutritional Yeast: This deactivated form of yeast is filled with various nutrients that may promote digestive health, maintain a healthy nervous system, lower cholesterol and stabilize blood sugar levels. Plus, they're a good source of protein!

Antioxidants - Vitamin B - Fiber - Iron - Potassium - Zinc

Basil: This sweet peppery herb may help fight inflammation, promote digestion and support the detoxification of the body.

Vitamin A & K - Copper - Iron - Manganese

Sunflower Seeds:This small seed of the sunflower plant may help reduce inflammation, support heart health, improve brain and immune system function, and promote healthy blood sugar levels. Plus, they're a good source of protein!

Vitamin E - Copper - Fiber - Manganese

Cannellini Beans: This high protein white bean may support healthy muscle mass, promote good digestion and help regulate blood sugar levels. Plus, they're a good source of protein!

Copper - Iron - Magnesium - Potassium - Phosphorus

The Recipe


1 cup frozen peas

1 1/2 cup fresh basil

1/2 cup fresh parsley

1/2 cup cannellini beans

2 garlic cloves

1/4 cup sunflower seeds, without the shell

3 tbsp nutritional yeast

1/4 cup olive oil

1 lemon, juiced

salt & pepper


1) Blanch the greens: Bring water to a boil in a medium-sized pot. Drop in peas for 60-90 seconds until thoroughly heated. Carefully remove and place in a bowl of cold water. In the same pot of water, drop in basil for 15 seconds then immediately put in same cold water bath.

2) Blend it up: In a blender or food processor, add blanched peas and basil, fresh parsley, cannellini beans, garlic, sunflower seeds, nutritional yeast, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Pulse until fully blended and to the creamy consistency of your liking.

3) Serve and enjoy! Cook your favorite pasta per box instructions. In a medium sauce over medium heat, ladle in 1/4 cup of starchy pasta and a few (or a lot of) spoon fulls of pea pesto. Toss cooked pasta in the sauce until fully incorporated. Add more pasta water, if necessary, to assist in making a creamy consistency!

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