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Big bowl of Gluten-Free Vegan Pea Pesto Pasta made with sun-dried tomatoes and arugula
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Pea Pesto Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomatoes & Arugula (Vegan + GF)

Amazing, 30-minute pea pesto pasta that's vegan, gluten free, and tossed with arugula and sun-dried tomatoes. A hearty, flavorful plant-based meal or side.
Author: Minimalist Baker
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Category: Entree, Side
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Italian-Inspired, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 3-4 Months
Does it keep? 2-3 Days

Ingredients

PESTO

  • 1 1/2 cups packed basil
  • 1/2 cup packed flat leaf Italian parsley
  • 1 cup green peas (if frozen, thawed)
  • 4 cloves garlic (4 cloves yield ~2 Tbsp)
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts (plus more for serving // or sub raw walnuts, but omit as garnish)
  • 1 medium lemon, juiced (~2 Tbsp or 30 ml per lemon)
  • 1/4 cup vegan parmesan cheese (plus more for serving)
  • 1 pinch sea salt (plus more to taste)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

PASTA

  • 10 ounces gluten-free pasta
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 cup loosely packed arugula (organic when possible)

Instructions

  1. Fill a large saucepan 3/4 full with water, salt generously, and bring to a boil.
  2. In the meantime, prepare pesto. To a food processor, add basil, parsley, peas, garlic, pine nuts, lemon juice, vegan parmesan cheese and sea salt. Mix to combine. While the machine is running, stream in olive oil through the spout.
  3. Continue blending, scraping down sides as needed, until creamy and fully combined. If it has trouble blending add a bit more olive oil or water.
  4. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed, adding more lemon juice for acidity/brightness, vegan parmesan for cheesy flavor, salt for saltiness, or peas for sweetness.
  5. Next add pasta to boiling water and cook according to package instructions. Be sure not to overcook, and drain when noodles are ‘al dente’ and still have a slight bite to them. Return to pan off heat and set aside.
  6. Once your pasta is drained, heat a large saucepan or cast iron skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add olive oil, garlic, and sun-dried tomatoes. Sauté for 1-2 minutes, or until the garlic is fragrant but not yet browned.
  7. Turn off heat and remove skillet from burner, then add cooked pasta and toss to coat.
  8. Transfer to a serving platter or mixing bowl and add 3/4 of pea pesto and the arugula. Toss to combine.
  9. Serve warm with additional pesto on the side, and garnish generously with additional parsley, pine nuts, and vegan parmesan cheese.
  10. Best when fresh, though leftovers will keep in the refrigerator up to 2-3 days. Enjoy chilled or at room temperature.

Notes

*Recipe inspired by my Sun-dried Tomato Pesto Pasta and adapted from my Vegan Pesto Parmesan Breadsticks.
*This recipe (as originally written) yields enough for 2-3 entrée portions or 4-5 side dish portions.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate.

Nutrition Per Serving (1 of 4)