This pesto is unique due to the arugula, which gives it a peppery bite. I also like the lack of cheese, but add it if you must. Use as a spread or on pasta. My favorite is on baguette slices or on whole wheat crackers. It's addictive!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
total:
15 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 servings
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place the arugula, basil, pine nuts, garlic, and olives in a food processor, and chop to a coarse paste. Mix in olive oil, lime juice, vinegar, cumin, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper. Process until well blended and smooth.

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Nutrition Facts

191 calories; protein 2.3g 5% DV; carbohydrates 3.2g 1% DV; fat 19.4g 30% DV; cholesterol 0mg; sodium 125.4mg 5% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
10/01/2005
This recipe was perfect for my non-dairy diet and my in-laws liked it as well. We used this as a spread on grilled pizza (w/o cheese) and it was very good. The left-overs did not freeze very well so I will make 1/2 recipe next time. Read More
(27)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
02/01/2008
I didn't like this very much, I think regular pesto is better. Read More
(4)
59 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 47
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
10/01/2005
This recipe was perfect for my non-dairy diet and my in-laws liked it as well. We used this as a spread on grilled pizza (w/o cheese) and it was very good. The left-overs did not freeze very well so I will make 1/2 recipe next time. Read More
(27)
Rating: 4 stars
11/26/2006
I made this pesto for linguine. It's a good recipe, and I will probably use it again. I think I'll leave out the olives next time, because I thought the flavor was a bit too complex. Then again, I added asagio, so I wasn't helping matters! Read More
(16)
Rating: 4 stars
06/08/2008
First experience with pesto and it was really good. A great way to use up the arugula in my herb garden. Read More
(14)
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Rating: 5 stars
01/13/2011
I just finished making this. Incredible. I haven't even added the salt or pepper yet and it tastes great. I will be adding this pesto to pasta tomorrow. And after that I'm going to surprise my husband with a white pesto pizza. This has so many uses. Thank you so much for a great recipe. Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
12/01/2010
Great on pizza instead of red sauce (try with herbed goat cheese and sliced tomatoes) in a sandwich or just spread on toast. The garlic was strong initially but it really mellowed the day after. Read More
(9)
Rating: 5 stars
11/25/2007
My wife does not eat cheese so this recipe is perfect. I put a few extra cloves of garlic in. We like it so much that I dedicated one of my "earth boxes" to growing only basil and arugula and make a batch about every week. Needless to say I give a lot away, to the pleasure of my friends. Read More
(9)
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Rating: 5 stars
10/18/2006
This is great especially with more freshly grated parmesan on top. I made a big batch and froze what I didn't use and it tastes just as good after it's thawed. Read More
(7)
Rating: 5 stars
10/13/2009
I am a huge arugula fan (it's always in my fridge - sometimes I forget to use it and it goes bad) and I enjoy basil pesto. It took owning a food processor to get me to try this recipe. I usually do my own thing depending on what I have on hand - didn't have fresh basil since the local farmers market just ended. 4 cloves of chopped garlic that I threw in with 1/4c pine nuts that I toasted in a pan on the stove. I added parm cheese and omitted the olives. I think I used about 1/4-1/3c olive oil which was plenty for me. It made a great spread on my tomato sandwich and I'm looking forward to trying it with other things. Read More
(7)
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
Here's an idea for this recipe- try it as a dressing on spaghetti squash- it's really good! I put in a little less than 1/2 a cup of olive oil instead of 3/4. tasty! Read More
(7)
Rating: 2 stars
02/01/2008
I didn't like this very much, I think regular pesto is better. Read More
(4)
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