Pasta with Arugula Pesto

Pasta with Arugula Pesto Recipe
Photo: Johnny Miller; Styling: Erin Swift
Pasta with Arugula Pesto takes on a peppery flavor as arugula replaces basil in the sauce. This pasta dish is perfect for weeknights as it's ready in less than 25 minutes.


Makes 4 servings

Recipe from

Coastal Living

Recipe Time

Prep: 10 Minutes
Cook: 14 Minutes


3 cups (about 3 ounces) lightly packed baby arugula
2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted if desired
1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated Parmesan cheese
3 garlic cloves, sliced and divided
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, divided
Kosher salt to taste
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 (16-ounce) package angel hair pasta or spaghetti
4 small tomatoes, coarsely chopped
6 ounces fresh mozzarella, pulled apart into pieces


1. Combine first 3 ingredients and 1 sliced garlic clove in a food processor or blender; pulse until coarsely chopped. Add lemon juice and 2 tablespoons olive oil, and pulse to form a thick paste. Season to taste with kosher salt and black pepper. Set aside.

2. Prepare pasta according to package directions. Cover and keep warm.

3. Meanwhile, heat remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add remaining 2 garlic cloves; cook 1 minute. Add tomatoes and kosher salt and black pepper to taste; cook 3 to 5 minutes or until tomatoes are tender but hold their shape.

4. Toss hot pasta with reserved arugula pesto. Top with mozzarella, and serve with sautéed tomatoes.

Carolyn Wright,

Coastal Living

June 2013