Lemony Pesto Pasta with Peas - The Lemon Bowl
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Easy Homemade Pesto Pasta

This Easy Homemade Pesto Pasta is the perfect dish to serve with grilled vegetables, chicken or salmon. Can be served cold, warm or at room temperature.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Keyword pasta dish, pesto
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 399kcal
Author Liz Della Croce


  • 8 oz whole wheat orecchiette or any short pasta
  • 1 cup green peas fresh or frozen
  • 1/4 cup prepared pesto
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili flakes optional
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Bring a large pot of salty water to a boil and cook pasta according to package instructions. Add peas to the pot of water and pasta when there are 2 minutes left in the cooking time.
  • Drain pasta and peas in a strainer and place back in the warm pot. Add pesto, fresh basil, parmesan, lemon zest and chili flakes.
  • Check for seasoning and adjust accordingly before serving.


This recipe can be made ahead of time and kept in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.


Calories: 399kcal | Carbohydrates: 48.5g | Protein: 14.7g | Fat: 19.9g | Saturated Fat: 3.8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 16.1g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 100mg | Fiber: 8.4g | Sugar: 2.4g