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Rosemary Arugula Pesto

This homemade Rosemary Arugula Pesto takes just 5 minutes to make — try it on anything from pasta to grilled cheese!

This homemade Rosemary Arugula Pesto takes just 5 minutes to make -- try it on anything from pasta to fish!

Truth be told, I’ve never been much of a pesto junkie. It’s not that I don’t love it — I definitely do! — it’s just that I don’t like buying pre-made jars of the stuff.

I’ve been known to whip up a few batches of traditional pesto in the summertime, but I hate paying for basil in the winter.

It occurred to me that there’s really no good reason why pesto always has to be made with basil. What if we made a winter version?

This homemade Rosemary Arugula Pesto takes just 5 minutes to make -- try it on anything from pasta to fish!

Guys, this Rosemary Arugula Pesto might be my new favorite condiment.

It takes just five minutes to make and keeps really well in the fridge. I’ve been spreading it onto sandwiches, adding it to dressings, and spooning it over pasta.

The peppery arugula and fragrant rosemary make this a completely unique pesto!

This homemade Rosemary Arugula Pesto takes just 5 minutes to make -- try it on anything from pasta to fish!

When I make basil pesto I usually like it a little bit chunky; that doesn’t really work too well with this version. Rosemary leaves can be a little tough when left whole, so make sure you really blitz the hell out of this stuff.

If you don’t use it all at one time, put the leftovers in a little jar and keep it in the fridge. The oil will naturally rise to the top as it rests, so just give it a quick stir before you use it.

This homemade Rosemary Arugula Pesto takes just 5 minutes to make -- try it on anything from pasta to fish!

This pesto has the remarkable ability to add an element of freshness to whatever you’re eating.

It’s also wonderful spread onto toasted crusty bread — I could make a meal of that by itself! Well, along with a glass of wine (of course).

This homemade Rosemary Arugula Pesto takes just 5 minutes to make -- try it on anything from pasta to fish!

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This homemade Rosemary Arugula Pesto takes just 5 minutes to make -- try it on anything from pasta to fish!

Rosemary Arugula Pesto Recipe

This homemade pesto takes just 5 minutes to make -- use it to add fresh flavor to anything from pasta to grilled cheese!
4.4 from 41 votes
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Course: Condiments & Sauces
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 5 mins
Calories: 364kcal
Author: The Wanderlust Kitchen
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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup loosely packed rosemary leaves - discard tough stems
  • 1 1/2 cups packed arugula leaves
  • 1/4 cups toasted pine nuts - reserve a few for garnish
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 clove garlic - peeled
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

  • Place the rosemary, arugula, nuts, cheese, garlic, one tablespoon of lemon juice, and salt in the bowl of a small food processor. Pulse until coarsely combined.
  • Keep the lid on and slowly drizzle the olive oil through the pour spout while continuing to pulse. Once the pesto is ground into a fine paste, taste and add additional lemon juice and salt as desired.
  • Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for up to two weeks.
Nutrition Facts
Rosemary Arugula Pesto Recipe
Serving Size
 
1 serving
Amount per Serving
Calories
364
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
37
g
57
%
Saturated Fat
 
6
g
38
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
28
g
Cholesterol
 
11
mg
4
%
Sodium
 
364
mg
16
%
Carbohydrates
 
6
g
2
%
Fiber
 
2
g
8
%
Sugar
 
1
g
1
%
Protein
 
5
g
10
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Anetta

Hi, I'm Anetta! Welcome to The Wanderlust Kitchen, where I share recipes and travel stories from all around the world. Here you'll find a world of recipes you can have confidence in. These recipes celebrate authentic food heritage as well as modern techniques and ingredients. I believe that food brings us together as much as it sets us apart. Be brave, try something new!

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Comments:

  1. Yummy! Fresh and zesty tasting. So nice to have a good use for the rosemary I’m growing outside.
    Thanks for this recipe ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. My first batch was so amazingly good that i’m making more to give as Christmas gifts! You’d think the combination of the strong taste of rosemary and arugula would make it overpowering–but the taste was incredible. Put some on chicken breasts and let them sit for a couple of hours in the frog–they turned out so tasty and juicy.

  3. Thank you for this recipe I totally agree about paying for basil in the winter, I am so excited to make this pesto for my restaurant, Flury’s Cafe in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, my customers are going to love it!

  4. This is a very intriguing flavor combination, I must try! Love how you photographed this pesto, beautifully rustic and inviting. Thanks for sharing, Anetta! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I love pesto and the unlimited variety you can create if you unfetter your mind. I made a great winter one with roasted beets and walnuts, plus the usual suspects but no greens but rosemary. Thanks for the great posts and have fun on your travels.

  6. Great recipe! Wouldn’t have thought of using rosemary! ๐Ÿ™‚ I posted a recipe for cashew arugula pesto a few days ago. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s actually not easy to find good quality pesto around here so I prefer making it myself but it was only recently I realized that pesto wasn’t only about basil and pine nuts!