Saturday, June 27, 2009

Arugula Spinach Pesto on Penne

For some reason, we had two bins of arugula and spinach mix languishing in the fridge. I think perhaps it was supposed to be used for a gathering, but obviously never was.

In any case, we didn't think we could eat all that as "salads", especially since their demise seemed fast-approaching, so we had to think of a way to use up the whole bunch quickly.

Why not a pesto? That definitely needs a whackload of greens.

No recipe here. I simply buzzed together the arugula and spinach with a lot of garlic, some lemon juice, salt, and extra-virgin olive oil. I added some pine nuts as well.

For some reason, I reached for the blender instead of the food processor, resulting in a very smooth pesto (instead of the usual pesto texture I'm used to). But, it wasn't bad at all and it grew on me. Who can resist its electric green color?

I tossed some penne with the arugula spinach pesto, and topped it with some grated Parmigiano Reggiano. Perfect for a light meal.

But as you know, light meals seem to be impossible in our household. So, lookee there in the background. What is that? That post is coming up next.

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  1. I love using greens for pesto when my basil stash is low! Looks great!

  2. I love the vibrant green colour. Yum!

  3. Pesto pasta is my hubby's favourite. The Parmigiano Reggiano on top makes the dish more appetizing! Luv it!

  4. That's why pestos are just fabulous - they're versatile, variable, and a PERFECT way to rid yourself of leftover herbs and greens! I do the ol' freezing in ice cube trays thing, and I think we just *finally* finished off the last of our 2008 pestos about a month ago....

    Oh, and the green? Loving it. I have affectionately renamed this, "Incredible Hulk Penne".

  5. I adore arugula and frankly have never thought of making a pesto with it. Thanks for the inspiration, I am going to get some next weekend and make this.

  6. both of you eats good everyday, i don't have the energy to cook but would love to eat anything.


  7. Dragon:
    I was a little surprised at the color that came out!

    Food For Tots:
    Wonder if he'll like an arugula pesto!

    Choosy Beggar Tina:
    Oh, I love that name! Haha.

    Ooh, nice. I wonder if it's going to be better roughly processed, or processed into a smooth "pesto."

    Oh, we only hope that we could cook for someone like you who will eat anything! =)

  8. Ooh I love the sound of an aurugla pesto. Delicous


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