January 04, 2008

Rocket Pesto

2 cups fresh arugula (rocket)
2 cloves garlic
1/3 cup parmesan cheese
1/3 cup olive oil
1/4 cup toasted pinenuts

Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender, pulse until a thick paste forms. Toss with 1 lb cooked pasta.

Yield: about 4 servings

My thoughts:
I wish we called arugula rocket here. It just sounds more interesting to say that you had rocket for lunch than arugula. No matter what you call it, it makes a great peppery alternative to basil in pesto. It also doesn't turn brown as fast as basil does once cut, so I like to make some for dinner (or lunch) and make enough extra to have the next day.