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But what about making pesto with other flavors like arugula? The green’s sharp, peppery taste is delicious on pasta, pizzas and much more. And it allows you to enjoy pesto in the spring and fall, instead of only in the summer.
I’m a big fan of arugula in early spring, especially as I’m waiting for my other vegetables to ripen. Arugula comes in many different tasty varieties, ranging from ‘Apollo’ to ‘Wasabi.’ Want to grow arugula? Be sure to check out my growing tips.
This recipe is fast and easy to make for friends and family. As with other pesto recipes, this one only uses a few ingredients, but somehow the overall taste seems much more complex and wonderful.
Arugula Pesto Ingredients:
3 cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed
4 cups (packed) of baby arugula
3/4 cup finely grated Asiago cheese
1/3 cup unsalted, shelled pistachio nuts
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
Fresh ground black pepper
This pesto is great on crostinis, pizzas, roasted potatoes and risottos.
Experiment! Replace pistachio nuts with walnuts. Switch Parmesan cheese for the Asiago. Add a tablespoon of lemon or lime juice.
Of course, this pesto is also delicious on pasta. In Italy a couple years ago, I learned a special tip: always reserve a cup or so of your pasta cooking water. Then add the water gradually to the cooked pasta to help spread the pesto better. Remember, this pesto always tastes best when the arugula comes straight from your garden. Enjoy!