Food & Wine

Arugula pesto

Arugula or rocket pesto is a classic cream / sauce of Italian cuisine. it is used to season pasta or on slices of toasted bread (bruschetta).

It is the variant of basil pesto. Its flavor depends a lot on the arugula used, for example wild arugula has a stronger flavor than cultivated. For this recipe has been used half selvatic and half cultivated. Rocket pesto is prepared by combining a few healthy ingredients, which go well with the intense flavor of this herb, such as extra virgin olive oil, garlic, parmesan cheese, pecorino and pine nuts. The latter can be replaced with other valid alternatives, such as walnuts, almonds or pistachios. In any case, it is a condiment that represents a real detoxifying product

Ingredients:

150 gr arugula – 100 gr parmigiano or grana – 50 gr pecorino cheese – 100 gr pine nuts – 200gr extra virgin olive oil – 1 garlic clove

Method: Combine all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until creamy and homogeneous.

Cook spaghetti al dente (i use Barilla gluten free) . Drain them. Heat the pesto in a pan for 1 – 2 minutes. In the same pan add the spaghetti and mix well with the pesto. Serve immediately with a fresh dry white wine such as Fiano d’ Avellino or a Greek Kallisti Reserve’ from Santorini, fermented in oak barrel.

STORAGE
The arugula pesto can be kept for 2-3 days in the refrigerator, in a hermetically sealed jar well covered with a layer of oil. 

Alternatively,it can be frozen in small jars and then defrosted in the refrigerator or at room temperature.
Arugula is often counted among medicinal plants thanks to the numerous qualities that characterize it. In addition to being rich in water, it is also low-calorie – precisely, it contains about 25 calories per hundred grams of product – and provides many mineral salts, including iron, potassium and calcium but also phosphorus, zinc, sodium, magnesium, manganese, selenium . The vitamin content is also remarkable: rocket is rich in vitamin A and vitamin C, as well as folic acid (vitamin B9) and vitamin K

7 responses

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    15 October 2020 at 9:25

  2. Fabulous blog, I’ll be attentive to your entries!

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    16 October 2020 at 0:32

    • Thank you so much too LaCalleDelFondo. Also applies to me. You have interesting and well presented content. You are doing a great work; i’am so nice to meet you! Xristina

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      16 October 2020 at 0:53

  3. Omg, that pesto looks amazing! Love the photos too – so aesthetically taken.

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    17 October 2020 at 6:14

    • Hi Moksha and thank you so much for your kind words, so glad you like my blog! Happy to be able to read you, the name of your blog is already unforgettable as well as tender! I look forward to reading more.Xristina

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      17 October 2020 at 15:57

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