Arugula (Rocket) Pesto

Arugula Pesto 01

Yield: 2 cups (about 450 g)

Time: 15 minutes

I just adore Pesto di Rucola. Its peppery piquancy is an excellent alternative to the classic basil pesto. A tasty addition to a mozzarella salad, pasta, pizza, fish or poultry dish. Gives your bruschetta, wrap or sandwich an extra kick.


  • about 4 cups (900 g) loosely packed arugula (also known as rocket or rucola), thick stems removed
  • 2 cloves of garlic peeled and finely chopped
  • 4 Tbsp pine nuts
  • 2 tsp white balsamic vinegar or mild white vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Arugula Pesto 02


Wash and dry arugula well. Toast pine nuts in a small saucepan for 2-3 minutes. Shake once in a while. Make sure they do not burn. Put arugula, garlic, toasted pine nuts and crushed red pepper in the food processor. Process until it resembles a coarse paste. Add olive oil by the stream to the arugula paste, keeping the food processor in motion, until you obtain a smooth paste. Add 2 teaspoons of Balsamico vinegar and taste for salt and pepper. Check the pesto’s consistency. If too thick, add more olive oil.

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