So you’ve grown rocket (arugula) from seed and now frankly you’re inundated with it. Some will keep for seed, some go into salads etc, but still… a glut remains. 

The answer is pesto. Yum.

Rocket Pesto

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bowl of pesto
Pesto is easy, fresh and sooo handy. Spoon it onto hot or cold pasta, on boiled or baked potatoes, grilled or roasted steak ,chicken or mushroom, over salad, as a dip or on Toasted bread with fresh sliced tomato and a creamy cheese.
Section: Staple
Hero: herbs, Rocket
Features: Easy, pesto, Vegetarian

Ingredients

  • 2 cups 75g Rocket or other herbs firmly packed
  • 1 to 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup 75g cashews or other nuts
  • 1/2 cup 75g Parmesan or other hard cheese cubed
  • 1/4 cup 32g quality olive oil (you are eating this raw after all)
  • black pepper and sea salt to taste

Instructions

  • Blend well all ingredients besides olive oil (TMX pulse on Turbo) until smooth. You may need to scrape the sides down and blend again.
  • Add olive oil in a stream and blend until smooth (TMX 10sec/sp3).
  • Add salt and pepper at the end on slow speed (TMX 3sec/sp2)

Notes

FEATURES: Freezable, adaptable, scaleable
EQUIPMENT: Thermomix (TMX) or food processor or elbow grease
SEASON: green leafy herbs can be harvested in any season
STORING: keeps in the fridge with lid on for about a week but never lasts that long at our place.
FREEZING: Some folks like to leave out the cheese if freezing pesto, and add back in later but seriously I just don’t have the time! Spoon into ice cube trays – the modern large silicone ones are super handy – when frozen, pop out into a freeze container.
VARIATIONS: Herbs – Pak Choy, Basil, Coriander, Fennel (use half baby spinach if taste is too strong with herbs alone) Nuts – almonds, pine nuts, walnuts, or mix in some seeds you love like sunflower kernels or pepitas. Cheese – Pecorino, Romano or any hard cheese with bite. Garlic – any allium you like really. My tummy doesn’t like garlic bulb so we use the garlic greens instead.

Even more handy is that you can use just about ANY herbacious leafy green. We often use Pak choy or spinach as a base and further flavour with rosemary, parsley, basil, rocket… you name it. The quickest meal with highly nutritious ingredients is just 20 minutes away. If you own a Thermomix (TMX) then you can make this pesto then cook pasta without even washing the bowl. At our place, Mr 14 is the pesto and pasta king. It is his go-to fast power meal. Add yummies like olives, preserved capsicum strips or any manner of tasty extras to your finished dish.

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