Kale Arugula Pesto

Homemade pesto is an easy way to jazz up your dinner tonight! This homemade kale arugula pesto is a peppery blend of pine nut pesto that you'll choose every time. You can serve it over a bed of pasta, on a sandwich, over chicken or baked salmon.

If you're a pesto fan, you're going to fall even more in love with pesto once you realize how easy it is to make it homemade! This homemade kale arugula pesto variation is a perfect peppery, smooth blend of pesto that you'll choose every time. Make this kale arugula pesto ASAP! homemade pesto | arugula pesto | kale pesto | kale arugula pesto | homemade italian sauces | homemade pasta sauce | pasta sauce recipes

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I can't remember exactly when I fell in love with pesto, but I know that moving to Italy for four months did?not help that love affair.

My diet was surprisingly limited and simple while living in Italy because of my college shoestring budget, but of course pasta and rice is incredibly cheap in Italy. That meant lots of evenings of pasta which led me to start to branch out to use different ingredients in my dinners.

One of my favorite meals was grilled chicken, tomatoes and pesto over penne with a bit of shaved parmesan on top. MMM, I can still practically taste that meal (probably because I ate it?wayyyy too many times).

It's SO easy in our culture to take for granted the process that goes into making things from scratch. You probably can't remember the last time you made pasta sauce from scratch, right?

So sometimes I force myself to try to make something homemade that I would otherwise buy in a store. It's a great lesson in appreciating the process of how our food is made and usually the result tastes so much better because you're using fresh ingredients!

If you're a pesto fan, you're going to fall even more in love with pesto once you realize how easy it is to make it homemade! This homemade kale arugula pesto variation is a perfect peppery, smooth blend of pesto that you'll choose every time. Make this kale arugula pesto ASAP! homemade pesto | arugula pesto | kale pesto | kale arugula pesto | homemade italian sauces | homemade pasta sauce | pasta sauce recipes

Pesto can be kind of expensive to buy which is why it's even more practical to make it yourself! If you buy a little jar of pesto like this one, it is almost $10 for a tiny jar.

Making it homemade you can make 2-3x more than that for even less money. Plus the freshness, y'all. Making this blend with arugula and kale gave?this pesto a?much more complex flavor than a typical basil pesto does!If you're looking for a quick dinner that won't lack in flavor, this kale arugula pesto salmon is it. Made with homemade pesto and baked for twenty minutes, it's a quick and flavorful dinner recipe. Baking salmon in the oven is a quick way to make it and easy for someone who might not make salmon often! salmon pesto | pesto salmon | homemade pesto | baked salmon | salmon dinner | how to bake salmon | baked salmon dinner

We put this pesto on everything. From orzo and pasta to chicken and salmon.

What is the correct ratio for making pesto?

For any homemade pesto recipe, you need a ratio of 1:2:2:8. 1 part nuts, 2 parts good oil, 2 parts grated cheese, 8 parts greens/herbs.

For this Kale Arugula Pesto recipe you?ll need:

  • 1 cup arugula
  • 1 cup kale
  • ¼ cup pine nuts
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ½ fresh grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • A pinch of salt

What other greens can you use for homemade pesto?

One of my favorite ways to have pesto is just by trying different green variations. One of my recent favorites is pesto made with basil, spinach with walnuts. You can experiment with all kinds of herbs and greens. Basil, cilantro, spinach, kale, arugula, etc. Let me know what you try!

If you're a pesto fan, you're going to fall even more in love with pesto once you realize how easy it is to make it homemade! This homemade kale arugula pesto variation is a perfect peppery, smooth blend of pesto that you'll choose every time. Make this kale arugula pesto ASAP! homemade pesto | arugula pesto | kale pesto | kale arugula pesto | homemade italian sauces | homemade pasta sauce | pasta sauce recipes

How long does homemade pesto last in the refrigerator?

It depends on how fresh your greens were. Homemade pesto should last 1 to 2 weeks in the fridge. You can also for the pesto into an ice cube tray (affiliate) and freeze for later.

What supplies do you need to make Kale Arugula Pesto?

If you're a pesto fan, you're going to fall even more in love with pesto once you realize how easy it is to make it homemade! This homemade kale arugula pesto variation is a perfect peppery, smooth blend of pesto that you'll choose every time. Make this kale arugula pesto ASAP! homemade pesto | arugula pesto | kale pesto | kale arugula pesto | homemade italian sauces | homemade pasta sauce | pasta sauce recipes

Kale Arugula Pesto

Homemade pesto is an easy way to jazz up your dinner tonight! This homemade kale arugula pesto is a peppery blend of pine nut pesto that you'll choose every time. You can serve it over a bed of pasta, on a sandwich, over chicken or baked salmon.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 cups
Author: Madison | A Joyfully Mad Kitchen

Ingredients

  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 packed cup of arugula
  • 1 packed cup of kale
  • ½ cup of olive oil
  • ¼ cup of pine nuts
  • ½ cup of shredded or shaved parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • In a
    food processor, chop garlic.
  • Add in arugula and kale and blend.
  • Slowly pour in olive oil.
  • Add pine nuts to food processor and blend.
  • Add in parmesan, salt and pepper and blend until ingredients are well-mixed.
  • If desired, add more oil to make the sauce thinner.
  • Taste pesto to see if it needs more salt or pepper. You can even add a splash of lemon juice if some acidity is needed!

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 4kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 0.2g | Fat: 0.01g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 12mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 0.03g | Vitamin A: 0.3IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.1mg

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11 Comments

  1. I just had to come back and comment on this post again!
    I've since made this pesto and it is one of my FAVORITE house hold staples to have on hand! I've added it to pastas, breakfast scrambles, meat dinners, and even just as a simple dip!
    It's beyond delicious!

    1. Adding it to breakfast scrambles is SUCH a good idea. I've thought of doing that a few times, now I definitely have to! Thanks for the comment Amy 🙂

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  8. I love pesto! I have basil growing outside for the 3rd summer in a row. It's the one herb that has grown abundantly no matter how inexperienced I've been in the garden. 😉 A kale arugula version sounds intriguing. I make up a new pesto recipe practically every time I make it, depending on what I have on hand and what flavors I feel like trying. I did a really good citrus, nut-free version last summer that I blogged about.

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