Arugula Walnut Pesto Recipe

I fell in love with this recipe in the winter, but I'll be making it all summer long...

I love basil pesto and make a ton of it in the summer when I have basil growing outside my kitchen door, but in the winter, you have to pay an arm and a leg for enough basil at the store, so I searched for alternative recipes.  I love arugula's peppery bitterness on sandwiches and pizzas, so I started there.  I found a recipe for arugula walnut pesto on The Live-In Kitchen blog and gave it a shot.  I tweaked it a bit to my own liking; I added some salt, a little less garlic, a little more Parmesan and a little more oil to loosen it up a bit.  I also didn't toast the walnuts - toasted walnuts are yummy, but on weeknights I look for timesavers.  I found I really love this pesto and have been making it at least twice a month.  Besides the delicious flavor, I love the fact that you don't have to pick all those little basil leaves, you can just pop open a bag of baby arugula and stuff them into a measuring cup - see another timesaver!  I also love that this pesto keeps in the refrigerator much longer than basil pesto, which will oxidize and turn brown.  The recipe makes close to 2 cups, so you can have some with pasta, slather some on sandwiches, serve some with grilled chicken…all week long!  

Arugula Walnut Pesto: 3 simple steps!

Arugula Walnut Pesto Recipe:

Christina Verrelli @epicuricloud.com

adapted from The Live-In Kitchen blog

Makes about 2 cups

Ingredients:

2 cups baby arugula, packed in measuring cup

1 teaspoon garlic, pressed or minced

3/4 cup walnuts

3/4 cup Parmesan cheese

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

2/3 cup olive oil

Directions:

Combine arugula, garlic, walnuts, Parmesan cheese and salt in food processor.  Pulse until roughly chopped.  Drizzle in olive oil while food processor is running.  Process until well combined.

Notes:

Keeps well in refrigerator for up to a week.

Freezes well.

When tossing with hot pasta, use a few tablespoons of reserved pasta water to thin the pesto. 

Printable Recipe Link: Arugula Walnut Pesto

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Thank you for spending some time in the cloud with me!! Hope you love the recipe!  Tina ( :