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Sweet Pea Pesto Tips
How else can you use pea pesto?
In addition to making crostini, you can use pea pesto in a variety of ways. Serve it as a dip with crisp, fresh vegetables; as a sauce for pizza; or mix it with mayonnaise for a fantastic sandwich spread. Thin out the pesto with extra broth and drizzle it over breakfast eggs, or toss it with pasta to make dishes like pesto shrimp pasta
and gnocchi with pesto sauce
What else can you put in pesto?
You can put anything in pesto! Its high level of customization is one of the most compelling reasons to make pesto
at home. For example, instead of using peas, go the all-basil classic pesto
route, or change up the greens for spinach basil pesto
or kale pesto
. You can increase the sauce’s earthy quality by adding pine nuts, walnuts, pistachios or sunflower seeds, or make a nut-free pesto
. To make pea (or any) pesto vegan-friendly, omit the Parmesan cheese and substitute in a few tablespoons of nutritional yeast.
Can you freeze pea pesto?
You can freeze pea pesto, but know it will not be as green and vibrant once thawed again. For easy use, freeze the pesto in an ice cube tray, transferring the cubes to a freezer-safe bag for long-term storage. Adding a small layer of olive oil over the pesto helps protect the color from fully dulling in the freezer. For best quality, use frozen pesto within 6 months. —Lindsay Mattison, Taste of Home Contributing Writer
1 crostini: 77 calories, 2g fat (trace saturated fat), 1mg cholesterol, 190mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.