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Spaghetti with Arugula-Mint Pesto

Spaghetti with Arugula-Mint Pesto is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 1.
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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4

Also known as rocket, arugula is a pleasantly peppery green that has been grown along the Mediterranean since Roman times. Here, arugula and fresh mint are combined to create a sprightly pesto that’s tossed with spaghetti. 

Ingredients:

  • 5 cups packed arugula   
  • 3/4 cup packed fresh mint leaves 
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil 
  • 1/2 cup shaved aged hard cheese such as Parmigiano-Reggiano, plus more for sprinkling 
  • 2 garlic cloves 
  • Zest of 1 lemon 
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste 
  • 2 Tbs. fresh lemon juice 
  • 1 lb. spaghetti 

Directions:

In a blender, combine the arugula, mint, olive oil, the 1/2 cup cheese, the garlic, lemon zest, salt and pepper and blend until smooth. Stir in 1 Tbs. of the lemon juice. Taste and adjust the seasonings with salt and pepper. Refrigerate the pesto until ready to serve.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until al dente (tender but firm to the bite), 10 to 12 minutes, or according to the package instructions. Reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta cooking water. Drain the pasta and return it to the empty pot.

Toss the pesto with the spaghetti. Thin it out with a small amount of reserved cooking water if needed. Taste, season with salt and pepper, and toss with the remaining 1 Tbs. lemon juice. Divide among warmed serving bowls. Sprinkle cheese over each portion and serve immediately. Serves 4.

Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Cooking from the Farmers’ Market, by Tasha DeSerio & Jodi Liano (Weldon Owen, 2010).

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Full of Flavor & Very Easy I really liked this recipe! It was easy to make, you can make the pesto ahead of time so you don't have to worry after work, and the flavors are delicious. So much better than that chalky jar stuff.
Date published: 2013-09-14
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