This Green Pea Pesto Penne with Shrimp is the perfect mid-spring dinner using fresh seasonal produce and a delectable twist on the classic basil pesto!
I am so excited that it’s finally warm out here in southern Ontario. You know what that means – dinners out on the patio, long walks in the woods, taking a trip down to the city to explore…I’ve got so many exciting plans this summer that it’s hard to keep track! I think the reason I also have ten times more energy at this time of the year is because we officially get the most daylight in June. In fact, the longest day of the year is coming up in the next few days and it’s got me feeling like I can’t stop in the best way. Well, let me tell you about one of my new favourite dinners that’s helping me combat my inability to slow down…
This Green Pea Pesto Penne with Shrimp is going to become your next go-to pasta recipe: it’s ready in just 30 minutes, it’s filled to the brim with deliciously seasonal spring vegetables and come on, it’s carb city!!! Any more reason not to love it?
Peas are such an underrated seasonal vegetable, and they also happen to be local to Southern Ontario. My earliest memories of peas are from nights that my dad was away on a business trip: my mom would let herself take a break from making a fancy dinner and serve us Kraft Dinner, hotdogs and peas. Her justification of it was that we were still getting a green veggie even though the rest of what we were eating was essentially crap. As a kid, I never even realized peas were good for me – I enjoyed eating them so much I didn’t even notice the health benefits!
As an adult I’m trying harder to really include nutritious, seasonal ingredients whenever I make a new recipe. Living in an area where fresh produce is available almost all year round at farmer’s markets, I feel so inspired by the change in seasons each year and try to eat in accordance to that. Green peas are one such vegetable – did you know Canada is the largest green pea exporter? Who knew!
Now let me gush a little bit about this green pea pesto. Let’s just say I don’t think I will ever go back to ordinary pesto ever again, and it’s inspired me to start experimenting with other kinds of pesto. One thing I’m trying to do this month is discover all kinds of new pasta recipes – I find I easily get in the trap of making just one Alfredo sauce or red sauce. If you’re like me and looking for some new inspiration outside of this green pea pesto penne, then I highly suggest you take a look at my Pasta board on Pinterest!
Like many of my other recipes, you can of course choose to include other proteins and veggies in this recipe, as well as change the pasta shape. You HAVE to try the pesto though, omg. You just have to – trust me on this one. You’ll come back to thank me when you have. If you’re looking for some more of my tried and true fave pasta recipes, take a look at some of the ones I’ve cooked up recently:
- Lighter Pasta Primavera with Shrimp
- One Skillet Chicken Parmesan with Orzo
- Orecchiette with Butternut Squash Sauce
- Spicy One Pot Turkey Sausage Arrabiata
- Butter Squash Ravioli in a Red Pepper Cream Sauce
- Creamy Cajun Chicken Alfredo
- One Pot Healthy Beef Stroganoff
- Easy Homemade Lasagna with Three Sauces