Saturday, July 28, 2012

Arugula Pesto



I’m sure you have seen the zillions of types of pesto out there in recipe-land. I am pretty loyal to basil and pine nuts, but since pine nuts are so darn expensive and my basil is not ready to be harvested, I decided to be brave and try an arugula pesto with walnuts…. It’s a combination of all kinds of recipes; I think I even threw in some almonds from the back of the fridge…..Surprisingly, it was awesome! I’m not sure what I was expecting, but I really like this! Yes, it’s ‘spicy’ and ‘bitter’ like arugula, but that gave it a very pleasant taste. Plus, once you add nuts, garlic, butter, oil, cheese and pasta, who cares what the green part is??? !

Be brave like me. Try a new type of pesto.

Here’s what you do:

Harvest a bunch of arugula from your garden, making sure the resident bunny is not busy eating your green beans.


Place the tender leaves in a Cuisinart along with some garlic, nuts, oil, salt and blend away! At this point, I freeze my pesto in ice-cube trays or baggies and tuck them away in the freezer.


 When I’m ready to use it, I add lots of pasta water, fresh Parmesan cheese and a tiny bit of butter. The classic way to use pesto is on pasta, of course. But don’t forget about using it on a pizza or sandwich. 

6 comments:

  1. That looks perfect Tracy
    and wouldn't it make for
    a great lunch.

    x Fiona

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  2. Cuz, I admire your creativity!

    Now, just for a test of that famous creativity, try to go a month without garlic in your savory recipes!

    Yup, I'm one of those in the minority that just don't enjoy even a whiff of it, and I have long wondered if chefs and cookbook writers just toss in some garlic when they need more "flavor."

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  3. I love pestos - they are so easy and you can use so many different ingredients to change them up. I enjoy arugula a lot so I know I'd like this one.

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  4. I grow arugula in the spring and fall, but have never made pesto with it. Thanks for this great idea. I'll be planting again at the beginning of September.

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  5. That's such a good idea to use arugula and to freeze the cubes!

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