Monday, July 11, 2011

Arugula Pesto with Almonds

I love lettuce. I would take a good, dark, peppery, spicy, bitter lettuce over Iceberg any day.

Now this pesto will be done before your water even boils.  Talk about fast food!

Arugula Pesto with Almonds
((Printable Version))

2 cups packed arugula leaves
1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
1/2 cup raw almonds
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 cloves of garlic
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
fresh cracked pepper
a pinch or two of crushed red pepper flakes (optional)

1. Place garlic and almonds in the food processor.  Cover your ears and give it a whirl until the almonds are coarsely chopped.  Add the parmesan and arugula.  Turn on the processor and pour the oil in a steady stream.  Add the seasoning and give another pulse.

2. Boil some whole grain pasta. Drain the pasta and reserve about 1 cup of pasta water. Drizzle with the pasta with oil, add some pesto and thin with a little pasta water.

Fresh.  Easy.  Delicious.  Fast.  But more importantly.... Homemade.

Linked to: Midnight Maniac, Delightfully Dowling, This Chick Cooks, Frugally Sustainable


  1. YUM. I have been meaning to make an arugula pesto, and I love homemade sauces like this on pasta. Great recipe!

  2. What a beautiful dish! I wanted to invite your over to my cookbook giveaway that is going on right now until July 16th. Stop on by to enter! Hope you are having a great week :)

  3. This looks so good. A great picture too! This recipe would be perfect for my Cast Party Wednesday Link Party. Would you come over and share some of your recipes with us?
    I hope to see you there!

  4. It looks yummy....
    The pics are so beautiful...

  5. Such a great way to use up extra arugula that might come in a CSA share. I usually make up big batches of pesto and freeze them in ice cube trays.

  6. I would like to try this pesto. I like Lori's idea to freeze the pesto in ice cube trays.

  7. Stopping by from the Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways Wednesday Blog Hop!

  8. The arugula in my garden is doing well. I'll have to try this soon!