Pea & Mint Pesto and a Giveaway with Origins!


I was crazy excited when Origins asked me to produce a recipe inspired by their Plantscription collection because, and I do not say this lightly, I’m OBSESSED with their products!  Formulated without harmful parabens, phthalates, or propylene glycol, the anti-aging Plantscription collection contains highly potent plant ingredients sourced from all over the world.  They created this charming video to speak to some of the ingredients found in the formula and I used it to inspire today’s recipe with PEAS!  Who knew these delicious little green nuggets could make your dinner so amazing while also helping to combat signs of aging in your skin?  Ok, so this pea pesto recipe is incredible and worthy of all my excitement-  BUT IT GETS BETTER!   Origins is going to give one lucky reader everything that you see below, a $500 gift basket of Plantscription goodness, including the Plantscription anti-aging power serum.  These are products I use and adore, so I know you’re going to love them too!  Please pop over to the Origins website to check out the full collection and leave a comment below about which product you’re most excited to try.  The lucky winner will be chosen randomly one week from today.  Please read official rules and regulations here.  Good luck everyone!  xx- Sarah

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Pea & Mint Pesto

Pea & Mint Pesto


  • 1 1/2 cup frozen peas, defrosted (or fresh peas boiled until cooked)
  • 1/4 cup mint leaves
  • 1 large clove of garlic
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts (more to garnish)
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil (more as needed)
  • 9 ounces wide ribbon pasta
  • 1 orange
  • finishing salt
  • fresh cracked pepper


  • Bring a large pot of salted water with a splash of olive oil to boil.
  • In a food processor fitted with an "S" blade combine peas, mint, garlic, pine nuts and 1/8th teaspoon sea salt. Blend quickly.
  • Add 3 tablespoons of olive oil to food processor and continue to mix, adding additional olive oil until you have reached a pleasing consistency.
  • Add noodles to boiling water and cook according to package instructions. Reserve a little of the cooking water.
  • In a mixing bowl toss pasta and pesto to your preference. Add a splash of pasta cooking water to noodles and pesto to assist with mixing.
  • Garnish with finishing salt, fresh cracked pepper, finely chopped pine nuts and zest of 1 orange.
  • Serve hot and enjoy!

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  75. sarah|

    i would love the eye cream because I feel like I have major wrinkles there already and I’m in my early twenties, oi!

  76. Christie|

    Ooo, this pesto and the products both look fabulous. Always excited to find more uses for the huge bag of peas in my freezer! Dying to try the face oil, looks so luxe.

  77. Margot C|

    First I adore peas! Did you ever notice that at Trader Joe’s they sometimes even have fresh ones? I always snatch those bad boys right up.

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  78. Kayleigh|

    Your pea pesto looks wonderful, I love the addition of the orange zest. I’m addicted to Origins products and am excited to try the youth-renewing face oil! Thanks for this great giveaway and I can’t wait to try your recipe!

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  80. Hilary|

    Love the Origins products, and am super excited to try their anti-aging eye cream. Thanks for the great post!

  81. Kate|

    What a lovely giveaway and a delicious recipe as well. Eager to try the pesto and eager to check out some Origins products!

  82. Nikki|

    I am most excited to try the Origins Anti-Aging Cleanser.

    That pesto looks wonderful, too!


  83. tova nathanson|

    the youth renewing face oil sounds intreging. I have never oiled up my face before…interested in how this will feel and whether or not it will make a difference because, gosh, I am not getting any younger.

  84. Ashley|

    I would definitely try the face oil. I live in a super dry climate and this might just be the product I’ve been searching for!

  85. Holly|

    Yummy! Loving all the green in the pictures! You had me at anti-aging…I would love any of it!

  86. Sarah|

    Your pesto looks delish, I can’t wait to make it! I love Origins! I’d love to try the eye cream and youth-renewing night cream.

  87. Heidi|

    I’ve used many of the Plantscriptions products before, but I’ve been really into face oils lately. Would love to try the Youth-Renewing Face Oil!

  88. Austin Baroudi|

    The pea pesto looks delicious! Definitely going to be giving that a try. And I’m most excited to try the Anti-aging power serum! Thanks so much for the chance!

  89. Hanna R|

    I love Pesto, what a creative idea to include peas! It looks delicious. Origins is great- I would like to try the eye cream. I’ve never used any before and it probably would hurt if I started soon 😉

  90. victoria mcginley|

    Pesto AND skincare? Yes, please! I make a pea/mint pesto similar to this and use it as a spread — I like it with pistachios, especially!

    For the skincare — I’ll say all of it. In my 30s now = need all the help I can get!

  91. Kally|

    I love pea pesto; this recipe for it looks exceptional and I will definitely give it a try!!!…I think I would be most interested in trying the anti-aging power serum! OXO

  92. Natalie|

    Oooh Origins has been a favorite of mine since high school (I was/still am obsessed with their Ginger Souffle body lotion). I have been dying to try this line – particularly the anti-age cream with SPF, I need hydration AND sun protection!! Love your posts and love this giveaway!


  93. Ann|

    I am a long-time Origins devotee, but I have not yet tried the Plantscription’s line. I’m just getting into anti-aging skin care, so I can’t wait to try these products, especially the anti-aging SPF cream. I’m sure I won’t be disappointed!

  94. Meg|

    Pea pesto is great. I love the idea of adding orange zest. I would also love to try the anti-aging eye cream from Origins. Thanks for the chance to win.

  95. Mandy D|

    Yum Sarah! I love pesto and I LOVE long ribbon pasta. I love peas and garlic…. and the orange! Who would have thought to add orange. You’re so creative!!! I love your recipes!

    Mandy Dugas @

  96. Stephanie Nguy|

    I love all the inspiration I found on your blog for recipes! I love the mint/pea combo! I can just imagine how fresh the mint would taste! Can’t wait to try this! And thank you so much for this give away! what a treat! I would love to try the youth renewing night cream. It sounds divine! 😉

  97. Candice|

    I’m keeping my fingers crossed – I am a little bit of a skin care nut!!

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