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Basil and Arugula Pesto

Makes about 1 cup.
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pesto, basil, arugula
Servings: 16 tablespoons
Calories: 106kcal


  • 2 large garlic cloves
  • 3 ounces Parmesan cheese , broken in pieces or already grated (don’t even think of using that sawdust in the green can)
  • 1 cup tightly packed stemmed fresh basil
  • 1 cup tightly packed arugula leaves
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil


  • With the motor of the food processor running, mince the garlic by dropping it through the feed tube. Process until it is very fine.
  • Add the cheese, basil, walnuts and salt. Process for about 10 seconds, stopping to move things around if they get hung up.
  • With the machine running, pour oil through the feed tube in a thin stream, processing until everything is well blended.


Calories: 106kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 158mg | Potassium: 30mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 150IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 1mg