8 April 2010

Rocket (Arugula) Pesto


Peppery rocket pesto is a nice alternative to basil.

Now I love basil pesto just as much as the next person, but every once and a while it’s nice to have  a change. Instead of basil leaves and pine nuts I like to use rocket (arugula) and pecans. The strong peppery taste of rocket with the mellowing effect of the slightly sweet pecans works perfectly together

When you think rocket, the first thing that generally comes to mind is salad. Don’t limit yourself, break free, break free I tell you!

This rocket pecan pesto is great with pasta, meat, fish even rice. Why not use it in a sandwich instead of mayonnaise or mustard.

See the link ‘‘rocket pesto” below for recipe:


  • 50g rocket (arugula)
  • 140mL olive oil
  • 1/4 clove crushed garlic
  • 30g grated parmesan
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 squeezes of lemon juice
  • 70g whole pecans
  1. In a blender, combine the rocket & olive oil and pulse till chopped.
  2. Add the galic, parmesan, salt & lemon juice, pulse again
  3. Add pecans, blend till pesto of desired texture forms

NOTE: if you find the texture of the pesto too thick add a little extra olive oil


2 Responses to “ROCKET PESTO”

  1. fiona Says:

    Making this tomorrow night with a buch of girlfriends – will be tasty!!!

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