Herb Ricotta Pea Dip

Fresh Herb Pea Ricotta Dip

It is neither pesto nor guacamole (but you knew that based on the mint garnish, right?)  A bright and herby lemony fresh dip that goes well with fresh or toasted baguette, or just as great as a dollop on a cherry tomato or sliced cucumber.  And guess what? The next day you can thin with a 1/4 – 1/2 cup of boiled pasta water and stir through cooked ravioli or any short pasta.

Herb Pea Ricotta Dip

Quickly boil, drain and cool frozen peas then add to the remaining ingredients in a mini processor and you are done!
all ingredients ready to process
all ingredients ready to process
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Servings 6 -10


  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 teaspoon parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 16 leaves fresh basil
  • 6 leaves fresh mint


  • Bring water to boil in small saucepan, add peas and cook for 1-2 minutes - just until the frozen mealy taste is gone but not mushy.  Drain the peas in colander and run cold water over to stop cooking, then let drain in colander.  Meanwhile, add the ricotta to the processor, along with the lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, salt and parmesan. Pulse until smooth, checking to make sure that there are no chunks of garlic swirling about.  Next, add the basil and mint leaves.  Pulse until the green flecks are evenly distributed, about 20-30 seconds, so you get a nice green pop contrasted to the bright white color from the cheese.  Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.