Rustic and elegant elements meet in this super-quick take on classic pesto with a combination of simple, Scandinavian ingredients and typical Mediterranean ingredients. The sweet, green peas balance the saltiness of the coarsely-grated Västerbottensost cheese. Lemon juice and lemon zest add a touch of freshness and tartness and make the pesto a perfect accompaniment to a spring picnic. Spread onto a breakfast sandwich together with crispy radish, or mix into spaghetti for dinner. However you decide to serve the pesto, these simple ingredients will perform weekday magic in just a few minutes.
Serves approx. 4
1 bunch of basil, coarsely chopped
300 ml frozen peas
250 ml coarsely grated Västerbottensost cheese
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 small organic lemon, juice & zest
1 small garlic clove, pressed
a few pinches of salt and black pepper
Coarsely ground black pepper
Defrost the peas in a microwave for a few minutes. Then mash them coarsely in a large bowl using a fork or mortar. Coarsely chop the basil and grate the Västerbottensost cheese using the rough side of the grater and add to the bowl of peas. Wash the lemon and then grate the outer rind and squeeze in the juice. Stir together with olive oil and pressed garlic. Season with salt and black pepper. Serve on rye bread with thin slices of radish, pea shoots and coarsely ground black pepper together with pasta, or as a filling for pies and galettes.
This recipe was created, photographed and styled by Agnes Gällhagen, who runs the food blog Cashew Kitchen.