Arugula-Basil-Ricotta Pesto Pasta

A light, bright pesto, which can be ready in under 10 minutes
Arugula-Basil-Ricotta Pesto Pasta

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Arugula-Basil-Ricotta Pesto Pasta

Adding ricotta and arugula to a traditional pesto makes for a more peppery, more vivid, pasta sauce.

This recipe is courtesy of Food Network.

6
Servings
480
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1/3 Cup pine nuts
  • 1 1/2 Cup arugula
  • 1 1/2 Cup basil
  • Salt
  • 1/2 Cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, plus more for serving
  • 1/2 Cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 Cup ricotta cheese
  • 3 Cups fusilli pasta

Directions

Toast the pine nuts in a dry skillet until lightly browned. Put in a food processor and pulse until finely ground.

Add the arugula, basil, and ¼ teaspoon salt to the food processor. Pulse until finely chopped. Add the Parmigiano-Reggiano, and pulse to combine.

Slowly pour in the olive oil, pulsing to incorporate.

Transfer the pesto to a bowl, and stir in the ricotta cheese.

Cook the pasta according to packet instructions.

Drain the pasta. In a large bowl, toss the pasta with the pesto. Serve sprinkled with extra Parmigiano-Reggiano.

Arugula Shopping Tip

Buy green leafy vegetables like arugula, watercress, and collards – they are good sources of vitamins A, C, and K and minerals like iron and calcium.

Arugula Cooking Tip

Brighten up sandwiches or salads with small, tender leaves like spinach and add larger, tougher leaves like kale to soups and stews.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
29g
45%
Sugar
2g
N/A
Saturated Fat
6g
31%
Cholesterol
17mg
6%
Protein
14g
28%
Carbs
41g
14%
Vitamin A
66µg
7%
Vitamin B12
0.2µg
3.1%
Vitamin B6
0.1mg
5.6%
Vitamin C
2mg
3%
Vitamin E
3mg
17%
Vitamin K
46µg
57%
Calcium
185mg
19%
Fiber
2g
9%
Folate (food)
24µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
24µg
6%
Iron
2mg
9%
Magnesium
59mg
15%
Monounsaturated
16g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
1mg
7%
Phosphorus
246mg
35%
Polyunsaturated
5g
N/A
Potassium
229mg
7%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.1mg
7.6%
Sodium
277mg
12%
Zinc
2mg
12%

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