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Arugula Pesto Pasta

by Emma on July 12, 2011

in Dinner

I LOVE when tasty food is also good-for-you food. It’s the best of both worlds. Like, totally.

Don’t get me wrong, I have been known to fry cheese and pickles or serve breaded green beans as a side dish. I love to bake cakes, cupcakes, cookies, brownies, etc. And I love to eat them just as much! But I also love a delicious meal loaded with good for you ingredients like salad greens, nuts and whole grains.

This pasta uses a whole lot of arugula for the pesto. Arugula is a dark leafy green, with a tangy sort of zesty taste to it. It’s great on sandwiches and, I found, as a pesto too. I served this pesto over whole wheat linguine pasta with some sautéed mushrooms and minced garlic. So if you want to be like me, you must try this! Or you can do as you like and adapt it or serve it in a unique way that tops me.

But if you top me, just don’t tell me about it. I’m a sore loser.

Arugula Pesto, makes about 2 cups of pure green goodness. You’re welcome.

Ingredients: 2/3 cup toasted walnuts, 4-5 ounces arugula, 1/3 cup parmesan cheese, 3/4 cup olive oil, and salt + pepper to taste.

In a food processor puree the walnuts, arugula, parmesan and half of the olive oil. Once it is very well mixed turn off your food processor and scrap down the sides of the bowl. Now, while the processor is running on its lowest setting, slowly pour in the remaining olive oil. Add salt and pepper to taste, and serve it up however you like it.

Enjoy! xo. Emma

{ 18 comments }

Andrea July 12, 2011 at 2:57 pm

Yes! I have these ingredients and am trying this today (with nutritional yeast substitute) Thanks for posting a pesto recipe!

Sarah Rooftops July 12, 2011 at 3:19 pm

My boyfriend was JUST saying he was looking for a good pesto recipe…

jacci July 12, 2011 at 3:51 pm

my family call this green spaghetti, and it’s a firm favorite in our house!

fyi…in south africa we call arugula rocket :)

jooleedoh July 12, 2011 at 5:14 pm

i’m a pesto nut! must try this.

Shelley Sarina July 12, 2011 at 6:03 pm

Hi Emma!
Just wanted to let you know that I tried making the cupcakes you posted and made for Elsie’s wedding. I did a post on it if you like to see!
Love your recipes – keep em coming…
Cheers,
S.
http://www.shelleysarina.blogspot.com

Miranda July 12, 2011 at 6:28 pm

I’ve always wanted to try a different type of pesto. I’ve always stuck to the classic one with basil in it, but I’m real excited to try other things besides basil in it.

chelsea July 12, 2011 at 6:33 pm

yippee! i have all these ingredients in the fridge. must. make. this. tonight. YUM!

Anne Marie July 12, 2011 at 10:16 pm

I needed a recipe like this! I am in a summer cooking rut! Perfect timing and perfect recipe!

Andie July 13, 2011 at 1:04 am

That looks yummy… minus the mushrooms for me, though.

Kelly July 13, 2011 at 3:26 pm

I just recently found my love for pesto & had no clue all the different kinds you can make. I’ve never had arugula before, so next time I’ve got the itch to try something new I’ll have to try this.

Megan July 13, 2011 at 3:27 pm

I can’t wait to make this over the weekend. It looks so good, and I’m on a major mushroom kick. And I’ve never made pesto! Yum!

Rose July 13, 2011 at 4:18 pm

This looks delicious! xx

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teddi July 13, 2011 at 11:41 pm

i drool at your food cooking queen!

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Melanie's Randomness July 14, 2011 at 3:11 am

Ooooo hello to future meal I wish I could have tomorrow!! Love pesto and mushrooms!! =)

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erin shimkin July 14, 2011 at 11:11 pm

i just made this tonight, and it was a HUGE hit with my family;)
thanks for sharing!

twentyeight July 15, 2011 at 11:57 am

This looks SO good! I just did a post on Green Pea Pesto and think I’m going to have to try out Arugula next. Love the ingredients & the mushroom addition!

Thanks for sharing,
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elise July 18, 2011 at 8:43 pm

add avocado to your pestos, you wont regret it!

Gwen July 24, 2011 at 7:34 pm

Ah ha! I was wondering if this would work, so now I know. Considering that I have arugula coming out my ears, nose, and toenails at the moment (yay for gardens!) this will be perfecto!