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Pasta with Arugula Pesto Recipe
  • READY IN 25 mins

Pasta with Arugula Pesto

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"The unique flavour of arugula makes this pesto peppery and robust."

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  • PREP

    25 mins

    25 mins


  1. Combine the walnuts, garlic, arugula, and cilantro or basil in a food processor or blender. Whirl them just until they are coarsely chopped. While the machine is running, add the olive oil in a thin stream. Transfer the pesto to a bowl. (At this point the pesto can be frozen. Thaw it before proceeding.)
  2. Stir the Parmesan cheese, salt, and cayenne into the pesto
  3. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta, and cook it, stirring occasionally, until it is just tender. Drain the pasta, return it to the empty pot, and toss it with the pesto, adding a tablespoon or two of water if necessary to distribute the pesto evenly.
  4. Transfer the pasta to a serving bowl or to individual plates, garnish with additional Parmesan cheese and serve.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
May 13, 2007

wow--spicy. Tastes great if you like argula. I added cottage cheese and gave one more spin thru the blender to mellow it out a bit.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 08, 2003

This was a little bit too "arugula-y" for me! Maybe it would have been improved by using more basil and less arugula. Also, this should be made with a mildly-flavored olive oil, so that the arugula and olive flavors aren't overwhelming. It's worth a second try, though!

Mar 16, 2011

LOVED, LOVED, LOVED THIS RECIPE. I had a mix of arugula and baby spinach to use up and have seen this recipe before but never had the arugula. Well tonight was the night for something fast and easy. Also, instead of walnuts, I used what I had on hand that being pecans. Otherwise it was as written and served with penne pasta. Thanks Jessica, it will be made again.

Oct 05, 2010

This was fabulous. I left out the cayenne pepper so my picky toddler would eat it. He loved it and so did we. I'm going to make a few more batches to use up my bunch of arugula and freeze them.

Sep 15, 2005

Made this for lunch today and it was so fantastic! I've only used basil for pesto and being that I love arugula this was a really nice change. Thanks Jessica!!!!

Aug 08, 2008

I didn't have basil, so I used cilantro (see step 1). It was a bit too peppry for me, and I really like arugula. Perhaps my arugula was not fresh. I will try again with basil.

May 26, 2009

Tasted okay, but had a very strong arugala taste which was almost overwhelming.

Nov 13, 2008

This was my first time making pesto of any kind. We had some arugula from our CSA and I was looking for recipes to try it with. DH and I could not really decide if we liked it or not. My three older girls(12,8,6) loved it though. My boys (2 and 5) did not like it at all. I added some more parm. cheese and it helped a lot.


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  • Calories
  • 377 kcal
  • 19%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 40.5 g
  • 13%
  • Cholesterol
  • 71 mg
  • 24%
  • Fat
  • 19.6 g
  • 30%
  • Fiber
  • 1.9 g
  • 8%
  • Protein
  • 10.5 g
  • 21%
  • Sodium
  • 80 mg
  • 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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