pea, avocado and mint pesto pasta

  • 1 cup mint leaves
  • 1 avocado, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lime rind
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • sea salt and cracked black pepper
  • 1½ cups (210g) frozen peas, thawed
  • 400g orecchiette
  • ¼ cup (40g) toasted pine nuts, chopped
  • finely grated parmesan, to serve
  • lime wedges, to serve
  1. Place the mint, avocado, garlic, lime, oil, salt, pepper and 1 cup (140g) of the peas in a small food processor and process until smooth. Set aside.
  2. Cook the pasta in a large saucepan of boiling salted water for 6 minutes or until al dente. Drain, reserving 1⁄2 cup (125ml) of the cooking water.
  3. Place the pasta, pesto, cooking water and remaining peas in a large bowl and toss to combine. Divide between bowls and top with the pine nuts, parmesan and lime wedges to serve. Serves 4.

TIP: Mint can be substituted for another green leafy herb you have on hand. 

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