Orzo with Pesto and Peas

Celebrate the abundance of fresh seasonal produce by pairing it with orzo! The green goodies of springtime serve as both sauce and add-in’s, with the peas warming and cooking slightly from the heat of the orzo. It’ll be ready to dig in in no time. 


  • 2 Tbsp coarsely-chopped walnuts, lightly toasted 
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, peeled 
  • 1 ½ cups baby spinach leaves 
  • 1 ½ cups arugula, big stems trimmed 
  • 3 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for garnish 
  • 2 Tbsp water 
  • 1 tsp lemon juice 
  • ½ tsp salt 
  • ¼ tsp black pepper 
  • Pinch dried thyme 
  • 1 ½ Tbsp olive oil 
  • 2 cups hot cooked orzo (about 1 cup dry), cooked according to package instructions 
  • 1 cup shelled green peas (about ¾ lb unshelled) 


  1. Process walnuts and garlic in food processor until minced. Add spinach, arugula, 3 Tbsp grated Parmesan, water, lemon juice, salt, pepper and dried thyme and process until finely minced. With food processor on, slowly pour olive oil through chute and process until well-blended.  
  2. In a large bowl, toss together orzo and peas. Fold in pesto and top everything with additional grated Parmesan. Can be served hot, or room temp as a pasta salad.