Pesto Pasta with Peas + Asparagus

This is an old Ina Garten recipe my sister and I used to make all the time and I honestly had forgotten about it! The dressing is so good and the combo of the peas and pine nuts with the pesto dressing is pure gold. I added in some asparagus as well because I had some I needed to use up and it was a great addition! I find this is best when served at room temperature. Would make a lovely dinner served with grilled chicken or shrimp. Enjoy!

Pesto Pasta with Peas + Asparagus

Pesto Pasta with Peas + Asparagus

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian


  • 1 lb. Pasta
  • 1 1/2 cups Pesto
  • 3/4 cup Mayo
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 10 oz bag frozen Spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1 1/2 cups Green Peas
  • 1 bunch Asparagus, trimmed into 1 inch pieces and blanched or roasted
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup Pine nuts


  • Cook pasta according to box. After it is drained place in a bowl and toss with some olive oil.
  • In a food processor add in pesto, spinach, mayo, juice of lemon and a little salt and pepper. Puree all.
  • Toss pasta with pesto dressing. Fold in peas, asparagus, pine nuts and grated Parmesan cheese,


adapted via Barefoot Contessa

1 Comment

  1. Heidi
    May 20, 2021 / 7:14 pm

    I made this for dinner for my family tonight and we all loved it. It was so delicious! Thank you for posting, Natalie!

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