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A tasty and quick sauce: rocket and walnut pesto

Rocket and walnut pesto

Today we present one of the most popular quick and easy recipes. This is the rocket and walnut pesto, a delicious quick sauce!

The rocket and walnut pesto recipe is a valid alternative to the traditional Genoese pesto, very popular throughout our country. The vegan rocket and walnut pesto, however, stands out for its distinct and particular taste given precisely by the light spiciness given by the rocket. In addition, the use of walnuts gives an even more full-bodied flavor.

That proposal is a light recipe that adapts to any type of food style . With this sauce it is possible to prepare a delicious pasta with rocket pesto very simply and quickly. Of course, if you do not follow a vegan diet, you can add grated cheese of your choice between pecorino and parmesan to the recipe.

Let’s see, therefore, the ingredients and the procedure.

Rocket and walnut pesto
Rocket and walnut pesto

Preparation of the recipe for rocket and walnut pesto

  1. Start preparing the rocket and walnut sauce by washing the rocket and drying it well with a cloth.
  2. Put the rocket in a kitchen mixer and add the salt, walnuts and oil. Activate the robot at medium speed .
  3. Work it according to your taste: a little and jerky if you like it coarser, at medium and constant speed if you prefer a creamy consistency .
  4. After a few minutes your vegan rocket and walnut pesto will be ready to taste.

How to prepare pasta with rocket pesto and light walnuts

If you want to dress a good pasta with freshly prepared pesto proceed in this way.

  1. Cook the pasta shape you like best. As soon as it is cooked, drain the pasta and set aside a cup of cooking water .
  2. Season the pasta with the amount of pesto you prefer, choosing between leaving it lightly seasoned or adding to the sauce.
  3. If it is a bit dry, add a couple of tablespoons of cooking water that you set aside earlier and mix everything well to make the pasta very creamy.
  4. Before serving, complete with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and small walnuts to give the dish a little crunchiness.
  5. If you are not vegan, you can add grated cheese both when preparing the pesto and when mixing everything in the pot. In any case, the dish should be enjoyed hot.


This quick gravy can be stored in several ways. First of all, it can be stored in the refrigerator in airtight containers for up to 5 days. Alternatively, it is possible to freeze it in small portions to always have a tasty sauce ready with which to prepare a pasta or delicious bruschetta. Finally, if you want to have an original gift idea, you can keep the pesto longer in sterilized jars . Remember, in this case, to cover the surface with plenty of oil.

Also try the Genoese pesto recipe!

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