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Arugula Pesto

This is a quick and delicious week night meal. In my house, we are arugula fiends – we use it liberally in salads and pastas. It has a peppery bite, and is much healthier than just your run-of-the-mill iceberg lettuce. Plus, it’s affordable: we can usually find it for $2 at Trader Joe’s.

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1.5-2 cups fresh arugula
  • 5-6 crushed garlic cloves (or less, depending on how much you like garlic)
  • 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup of almonds
  • 1/4 cup-1/2 cup of olive oil
  • Vermicelli noodles, or pasta of your choice
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Put the first 4 ingredients into a blender. Pulse until roughly chopped. Then drizzle in olive oil until it is the desired consistency (we like a thicker pesto, but you can do it thinner if that’s what you prefer).

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Add salt and pepper, to taste. I recommend being stingy with the pepper, as the arugula is already naturally peppery, as is the raw garlic.

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Boil vermicelli, or whatever pasta you have on hand.

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Drain pasta, and add a few tablespoons of pesto. Toss, and top with extra parmesan.

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And voila! A unique and delectable twist on a traditional pesto.

As an added twist, you can roast the garlic to add a more nuanced flavor. You can also substitute different kinds of nuts for almonds, or exclude nuts altogether if you are allergic.