Spinach Linguine With Walnut-Arugula Pesto
The pesto can be made up to one hour before serving without losing its freshness; store it at room temperature.
- 2 small garlic cloves
- 3 ounces walnut pieces (about 3/4 cup), toasted and cooled
- 4 ounces arugula, trimmed and roughly chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
- 1 ounce Parmesan cheese, finely grated (about 1/3 cup)
- 1 pound spinach linguine
- 3 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
- Freshly ground pepper
In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade, pulse garlic until very finely chopped. Add walnut pieces and arugula; process until a coarse paste forms, about 5 seconds. Transfer to a serving bowl. Stir in the salt and Parmesan cheese, and set aside.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add linguine, and cook until al dente according to package instructions, about 8 minutes. Drain in a colander, and immediately add to bowl with walnut-arugula mixture. Drizzle with the oil, and season with pepper. Toss thoroughly until coated evenly. Serve immediately.