Arugula Pesto!!


Category : Pesto, Vegetables

Ok if you know me or follow me on Facebook or Twitter then you know of my love for Giada De Laurentiis! She is amazing and gorgeous and her recipes are always so yummy! Any who she is always cooking with arugula and that is what made me decide to try it. It has such a bite and it is peppery and I thought it would make for a good pesto. I immediately ran to check out Giada’s recipes at the cooking channel website but I did not see any arugula pesto. There might be one in her cook books but I do not have any of those yet! That is ok I, I thought,  I know the basis of a good pesto so I will just create my own. I think that if Giada came over to my house for dinner (which I totally fantasize about! Yep in my head her and I are like BFF and we hang out all the time and cook and laugh and drink wine! I know I have issues) and I served her this arugula pesto she would beam with pride and then of course ask me to co-host her cooking show with her! To which I would humbly say yes and then we would ride off into the sunset! LOL Ok so maybe the last part would not happen but I know she would love the pesto and I know you will to, so let’s get to it!

Arugula Pesto


  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped walnuts
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 cups of arugula, pressed into the measuring cup (like you would with brown sugar. This is to make sure you get enough of the arugula in the pesto)
  • 1/4 cup fresh flat leaf Italian pasley, pressed into the measuring cup
  • 1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil (you want a good quality oil because this is not going to be cooked so the quality matters more for this)
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt to taste


I thought I would give a shout out photo to the star of the show here. Everyone meet arugula!

The great thing about a pesto is that it is so simple to make! I can’t believe I don’t make it more often! You take all the arugula, walnuts, garlic and parsley and put it in your blender or food processor.

Just look at all that stuff!!

I use this it is a blender and food processor and I love it. Clean up is a breeze and I use it for everything from pie dough to blended smoothies! The ninja works for me (and no this is not a paid advertisement! I wish it was! LOL)

Give it a pulse a few times to chop everything down a little bit.

Now you are going to pour in the oil while you hit the pulse button to make sure the pesto is mixing while the oil is added. (I don’t have a photo while pouring because Hubby was not home and I only have two hands!!)

Take off the lid and you are almost done! Scoop the pesto out and into a dish or a bowl or a jar. Look at that amazing green color! It has the spicy flavor from the garlic and the peppery zing from the arugula! YUM!

**Cooking Tip** At this point if you wanted to can this you could. Or you can scoop it into an ice cube tray and freeze it! after about 6 hours when it is frozen just pop them out and put the pesto cubes in a zip lock bag or air tight container and freeze them! They will keep for a month! Then anytime you want to add it to a recipe you can pop it out and toss it in and kick anything you are making up a notch! Once it is thawed out you can stir in the Parmesan cheese.

Now you want to add the grated Parmesan.

TA DA! You are done! You have just made some arugula pesto. At this point you need to test it and see how much salt you need to add. You can add a dash in when you are blending it but the Parmesan cheese is salty so I like to wait until after and if it needs a little bit then I add it in at the end. This way I can make sure it is not too salty or too bland. Once you have salted it and stirred it up you are done!

There are so many great things you can make with pesto. What? You said you don’t know what to make with it? Good thing I have 3 yummy recipes to post showing you what you can make with your arugula pesto! Those will be posted in the next few days!

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Comments (6)

Wow, this looks amazing!

yummy. This pesto looks fabulous!

Yummmmmmm. I love arugula!

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