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Arugula Pesto

(recipe, Katie Hickey)


This is a simple, bright, peppery pesto that is super easy to make and has no cheese, so it's Laura-friendly. The first time I made it, I used walnuts, but I bet pistachios would also be wonderful. I also threw in some lemon zest, which was great.


  1. 2 oz. arugula (about 2 cups, packed)
  2. ⅓ cup olive oil (about)
  3. ¼ cup toasted walnuts or shelled pistachios, lightly toasted
  4. 1 garlic clove, roughly chopped
  5. ¼ tsp. red pepper flakes
  6. zest of 1 lemon (optional)
  7. sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Place arugula in the bowl of a food processor or blender. Add nuts, garlic, lemon and red pepper flakes. Pulse to combine. Slowly drizzle in olive oil and pulse/process until smooth and at your desired consistency, about 30 seconds. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Use immediately or store, refrigerated in an airtight container, for 1 day. Bring to room temperature before serving.