Split Pea Pesto Spread

This flavorful spread pairs split peas with pine nuts, basil and garlic, adding a punch of protein to the traditional pesto recipe! It’s perfect to serve on crostini with your choice of toppings.

This recipe comes to us from our friends at USA Pulses.

Serves 4

  • 1/2 cup cooked split peas
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
  • 2 cups fresh basil
  • 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup olive oil


Combine the split peas, pine nuts, basil, garlic, Parmesan and salt in a food processor. Pulse for about 10 seconds until roughly chopped and combined.

Slowly add the olive oil with the food processor running, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.

Continue to pulse until mixture reaches desired consistency.

Use immediately as pasta sauce, or spread on crostini or crackers with your toppings of choice.

Transfer unused portion to air-tight container and store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

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Nutrition Information

Split Pea Pesto Spread

Servings per Recipe: 4

Amount per Serving

Calories:  370

Calories from Fat:  315

Total Fat:  35g

Saturated Fat:  6g

Cholesterol:  10mg

Sodium:  770mg

Potassium:  4%

Carbohydrates:  9g

Dietary Fiber:  2g

Protein:  7g

Sugars:  1g

Calcium:  10%

Iron:  6%

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