This Orzo with Mint Pesto and Peas is a great weeknight side dish that the whole family will love! Serve warm or chilled with amazing results!
Who is ready for spring? The weather here in Kentucky has been outrageously beautiful lately and I’m celebrating with this quick Orzo with Mint Pesto and Peas!
When I say it’s been beautiful, I mean like 75 degrees in the middle of February beautiful. My tulips are coming in for goodness sake! While I’m kind of bummed we’ve had a sad excuse of a winter with zero snow, I must say this warm weather is getting me really excited for springtime.
Today, I decided to make a light and fresh pasta dish that you could serve as a side or a main dish AND you can eat it warm or cold. I love mint with peas so I settled for a mint pesto with orzo and a smattering of frozen peas. When spring is officially here, I will definitely be swapping frozen peas for fresh spring peas, but these work just fine for the rest of the year. This would be a great pasta salad to bring for Easter as well! I seriously can’t wait to make this for every cookout over the next few months!
- 8 oz orzo pasta
- Sea Salt
- 1 cup frozen peas
- 2 cups mint leaves
- 3 tbsp pine nuts
- 1 clove garlic
- zest of one lemon
- 3-4 tbsp olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- Bring a medium pot of water to a boil and salt generously with sea salt. Drop pasta and cook according to the package directions. When the pasta is almost done, add peas to the boiling water and blanch for the last couple of minutes with the pasta. Drain everything and set aside.
- Combine the first four ingredients in the bowl of a food processor and pulse to finely chop. stream in the olive oil while the machine is running. Just enough to form a thick paste. Taste and season with salt and pepper as you see fit.
- Toss the mint pesto with the pasta and peas until everything is well coated. Taste and add additional seasoning if necessary.
- You can either serve warm or chilled and as a main dish or a side.
You could serve this as a main dish or a side alongside chicken, fish or a lamb chop.
You can serve warm or chilled.