- Serves 4-6 people as an entree
- for the pesto
clove of garlic, minced
a pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)
really good olive oil
- for the pasta
fusilli or another short pasta
of sea salt (for the pasta water)
of peas (fresh or frozen, defrosted if they are frozen)
a couple of handfuls of fresh arugula, chopped
some parmesan to grate over top
In This Recipe
- Make the pesto. Place all of the ingredients, expect for the olive oil, into a food processor. Pulse a few times, then while the food processor is running continuously add in the olive oil in a slow and steady stream until it is emulsified and you have the consistency you like. I find it is usually perfect at around 1/2 cup. Taste and adjust any seasoning accordingly.
- Place your pesto into a small bowl (or an airtight container) and place in the fridge until you're ready to dress the pasta.
- Cook the pasta according to the package, but be sure to add several tablespoons of salt to the water to season the pasta, and also drain the pasta 1-2 minutes prior to the time recommended on the package to ensure you achieve a more al dente texture.
- Place the cooked pasta into a large serving bowl and toss with the pesto. Add the peas, fresh arugula, and parmesan on top and serve.
Jodi Moreno is a Natural Foods Chef, Photographer, and creator of the blog What’s Cooking Good Looking where she shares her healthy, clean, seasonal recipes and photographs. She’s passionate about showing people that vegetables can play a main role on the plate.