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Arugula Basil Pesto

Part of an ongoing series from Chef Britta Kramer

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Arugula Basil Pesto is my go-to for things to keep on hand in the freezer. It only takes 5 minutes to prepare and freezes perfectly in ice cube trays for individual portions. This is ideal for those nights I don’t have the energy to prepare something for myself. This sauce is so versatile. Put a dollop on your eggs in the morning, spread it on homemade pizza and sandwiches or mix it with pasta and soups.

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Caring for Basil

Fresh basil should be treated like fresh cut flowers, placing stems in cool water in a glass or vase. Basil should be kept out of direct sunlight. Refrigeration causes the leaves to brown and become mushy. Consider making a quick, healthy pesto and freezing it in an ice cube tray for perfect single servings.


Pesto is full of heart-healthy fats from the walnuts and olive oil. Arugula is packed with vitamin K, while basil is said to be full of antioxidants and contains anti-aging properties.


Arugula Pesto Recipe

Yield: 1 1/2 cups
3/4 cup good quality, extra-virgin olive oil
2 cups (loosely packed) fresh basil leaves
2 cup (loosely packed) fresh arugula
1/2 cup grated pecorino Romano cheese
1/3 cup walnuts or pine nuts
2 garlic cloves, peeled
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
2 tablespoons lukewarm water
Kosher salt & ground black pepper to taste

1. Toast the nuts in a pan over medium heat until lightly browned or until you smell a roasted flavor. This should take just a few minutes.

2. In a food processor, combine arugula, basil, nuts and garlic. Pulse while drizzling the olive oil into the processor. Add water. Season with salt & pepper. Pulse a few more times to combine.

3. Remove mixture from the food processor and place in a bowl. Add lemon zest and cheese and combine with a spoon.

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