Friday, January 7, 2011

Winter Pesto (Arugula)

Each time I make a new dish, I research as much as I can trying to learn from others.  I develop criteria that pertains to the dish & then go in search of ideas & inspirations.  With this particular creation, my heart was really wanting a traditional pesto but with it being the middle of Winter, that just wasn't the best option.  I wanted something that still had a burst of flavor but that was relatively easy to assemble, in a matter of minutes.  And then it hit me...Arugula (my favorite lettuce of all) & my Winter Pesto was born.  Unfortunately my hubby has nut allergies so that's why I omitted the pine nuts.  But this was hands down the quickest sauce I have ever made.  It probably took me less than 2 mins to prepare this.  And what makes this even better, it doesn't need to simmer on the stove like a marinara sauce.  You can just toss it with fresh pasta & dinner is served.  ENJOY!!!


1 cup fresh Arugula
1 to 2 cloves garlic
salt & pepper to taste
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

In a food processor (I used my small one), add first 4 ingredients above & pulse til blended. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil. Warm & serve over pasta.  Serves 2.

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