This arugula pesto has a moderately sharp bite with buttery notes and a fruity finish. The macadamia nuts play add a subtle richness alongside the freshness of extra virgin olive oil, parmesan cheese, and light zings of lemon.
Enjoy this as a spread on bruschetta or as a pasta sauce-- just as I did for lunch today on top of whole-wheat rotini noodles. I also had a dollop on top of my soft scrambled eggs this morning for breakfast. Two servings of arugula pesto in one day? A great way of getting in the greens.
*makes about 1 1/2 cups of pesto
3 1/2 cups of packed arugula leaves (washed and dried)
1/4 cup dry-roasted macadamia nuts
1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
juice of half a lemon (about 2 tbsp)
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/3-1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1. Place all ingredients, except for the olive oil, into a food processor. Pulse the mixture a few times to break up the arugula and combine the ingredients. With the processor running, drizzle in the extra virgin olive oil until a desired consistency is reached. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste, if needed.
2. This will keep in the fridge for 2-3 days. Store in an air-tight container and drizzle more olive oil on top before sealing the container.