Arugula Pesto

Spoon this tasty arugula pesto over cheesy tortellini, brush onto crusty french bread, or slather on flaky salmon fillets for pure pesto deliciousness!

Spoon this garlicky arugula pesto over cheesy tortellini, brush onto crusty french bread, or slather on flaky salmon fillets for pure pesto deliciousness!

Arugula Pesto

We love this flavorful arugula pesto!

serving suggestions

Spoon it over warm, cheesy tortellini, brush onto crusty french bread topped with fresh tomatoes, or slather on tenderย salmonย filletsย for a delish and flavorful dish.

This pesto is also fantastic mixed with a little bit of creamy alfredo sauce or marscarpone cheese and tossed with a giant bowl of pasta and veggies.

Mix in portobellos mushrooms, spinach, broccoli and top with a sprinkle of red pepper flakes and a dusting of parmesan. Delicious!

Arugula Pesto

Spoon this tasty arugula pesto over cheesy tortellini, brush onto crusty french bread, or slather on flaky salmon fillets for pure pesto deliciousness!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Arugula Pesto
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Author Jenn Laughin - Peas and Crayons


  • 2 tablespoons of toasted pine nuts or walnuts
  • 3-4 tablespoons of olive or grape seed oil
  • 1.5 cups arugula
  • 1 clove of garlic, smashed and minced
  • 1/2 tbsp lemon or lime juice
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesean cheese
  • a pinch of kosher salt, pepper and garlic powder, to taste


  1. Preheat oven or toaster oven to 350 F.
  2. Toast nuts on a foil lined baking sheet for approx 8-10 minutes or until you start to smell their toasty deliciousness.
  3. Give them a rough chop and toss them in your food processor.
  4. Add all your ingredients and pulse until thoroughly mixed.
  5. You'll need to scrape the sides and push the mixture down once or twice if you're using a large-ish processor.
  6. The batch should yield two servings but if you make a larger portion, make sure you keep it uber air-tight when storing for later. Pesto browns at lightning speed, so add to a small dish, drizzle with olive oil, and cover tightly with plastic wrap with the air pressed outย 

If you get a chance to try this easy arugula pesto, let me know!

You can leave me a comment here (LOVE checking those daily!) or tag @PEASandCRAYONS on Instagram so I can happy dance over your creations. I can’t wait to see what you whip up!

Spoon this garlicky arugula pesto over cheesy tortellini, brush onto crusty french bread, or slather on flaky salmon fillets for pure pesto deliciousness!

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  • The dish looks delicious and thanks for the mention ๐Ÿ™‚ 

  • Jann

    Hooray the recipe is up! I had been looking forward to this. Thanks Jenn ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Kit

    Wow! Looks really delicious & great combination of fabulous ingredients! Simply yummy! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I love pasta and sauce recipes!  This one looks excellent and it’s making me hungry!

  • Starr Nordgren

    Ooh, this sounds great! I love pesto but I rarely do anything with it.

  • I kind of have a thing for tortellini.   ๐Ÿ™‚  Now I want this for dinner instead of what I had planned.  ๐Ÿ™  Pesto has such a fresh and unique flavor!  I love to spread it over garlic toast but I also want to try those mozzarella balls! 

  • yummmm!  thanks for sharing the recipe!! 

    -joyce @

  • I looooove pesto! This sounds delicious!

  • Arugula is vying for my favorite green at the moment — ohmygosh I have been missing out my entire life!!! Love that its in my life now =) Hope you love it girly! very peppery and garlicky so a teeny bit gives a ridic amount of flavor! mm

  • Hello Awesomeness! This looks amazing ๐Ÿ™‚

  • That is a lovely (almost- I’m so giddy) dish.

  • Arugula pesto? I love pesto of any kind, and arugula is one of my favourite salad greens, so I can’t imagine NOT loving this :).

  • That sounds great!  Arugula is one of my favorite greens, so this is probably a great way to use it.  Thanks for the FABULOUS idea!

  • I love pesto because there is sooo much you can do with it!  I definitely like putting it on top of a slice of bread for bruschetta – bread, a layer of pesto, a basil leaf, sun dried tomatoes, pepper, salt and olive oil.  So good.  Nice post!


  • What a yummy looking meal! <3

  • This looks delicious, Jenn!

  • Ooo, I have been eating so much arugula lately–more excuses to keep doing so! 

  • This looks delish.  I am on such an arugula kick lately, I have even planted seeds and they are coming up.  Yeah!  When they are ready to eat I am going to make this pesto.  I be the bite from arugula is very tasty.  Have a wonderful day. 

  • Great idea to use arugula in the pesto – sounds delicious! I don’t use pesto very often for some reason (and it tastes great without the cheese), but it does remind me of spring. And St Patty’s Day. And goes great with your WIAW Green Theme! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Oooh Jenn! You’re already making me hungry for lunch! This sounds really good and healthy! I love finding new ways to make pesto that’s different from the norm of basil! My favorite thing to add pesto to is sammiches! Nothing like putting some of that on each slice instead! So much more robust flavor. Thanks for sharing!

  • TheMrsatSuccessAlongtheWeigh

    I don’t use pesto but I need to start, I see so many awesome recipes like this using it but I love that this one uses arugula!

  • Absolutely … if I can borrow some pesto. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Wendy

    Wow this looks and sounds delicious!

  • Kim

    Looks SO good!!! 

  • Seriously…IF I ever do get my lazy butt out there for a visit…you better guard your props, because I would totally steal those plates right out from under you! Can you believe I used to hate pesto? Well, I think I said I hated it because I was scared of the fat content…and I think I just recently developed a full appreciation for basil. Never tried it with arugula. I started out making it with spinach. Actually, now that I think of it…the first tim I ever made it was also my first time making/tasting spaghetti squash not long after finding blogworld! Amazing how tastes change. Years ago, I wouldn’t have even DREAMED of trying some of my weirdo combinations that I can’t live without today! Lol

  • Bahahaha!! Love it!

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  • I love pesto on turgers (I was going to delete that, but apparently my mind is thinking faster than me…that is turkey + burger) ๐Ÿ™‚

  • just posted, come see it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kelly Hewitt

    Yum I’ve only ever tried pesto with basil but this looks amazing!!  

  • Yum!  I love arugula’s peppery bite, but never thought to make pesto out of it!

  • whooo! def let me know what you think! <3

  • Jamie @ Thrifty Veggie Mama

    Yummy! I have all the stuff to make this so it just found a place on my menu. Maybe with some roasted veggies and tofu.

  • Parsley pesto!? oooh tell me more tell me more!

  • OMG YES! I forgot about it on grilled cheese! sooooo freaking good! Crap and I’m out of bread =( Can I borrow two slices?

  • I just made a parsley pesto for my pasta…:) It looks like green Monday in everybody’s kitchen…:) I’ll try this arugula pesto when I have it in the garden

  • Love pesto!!  I love whole wheat pasta with shrimp and pesto.  Pesto is also delicious in a panini or grilled cheese with mozz. cheese.  Yum!

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