making rocket pesto


One of my favourite things is basil and pine nut pesto. Apart from the cost of the pine nuts which is not favourite. I've experimented with lots of different nuts and most work well. 

But I've actually never made pesto with anything other than basil.

Being mid winter, there's no basil to be had. There is, however, rocket.



Ivy and I set out to collect some just before lunch (because frankly I am not organised enough to pick it at dawn with the dew still on it at its herby peak) until I realised it's planted right next to the rhubarb whose leaves looked the same to the two year old. 

Canned that pretty fast.

100% confident no rhubarb leaves went into the pesto.




I can't actually give you a recipe because I didn't actually measure anything. But you can cook, and you can taste it, yours will be better!

It was a combination of about 2 cups of rocket, a lovely looong splash of olive oil, four crushed cloves of garlic, half a lemon's worth of lemon juice, a good solid grate of parmesan and about half a cup of raw walnuts. Whizzed in the food processor. Added more olive oil. Added a good toss of salt. Delicious.

It was yummy on fresh bread rolls with roasted chicken and sliced tomatoes for lunch. With friends and lots of family. Everything tastes better. 




(Everything also tastes better if there's a hot apple pie in the oven to follow, right?)


Camera battery flat, phone photos today!

Hope your Monday included something delicious.


10 Comments on “making rocket pesto

July 30, 2012 at 8:34 pm

Friends and family always make food taste better. But apple pie for afters? I’d happily sit on my own!

July 30, 2012 at 9:04 pm

Great timing. I have so much rocket that I don’t know what to do with it all. I’ll give it a go with some cashews.

July 31, 2012 at 7:02 am

We’ve been making rocket pesto here too! Cashews though as the nut. Absolutely delicious with, well, everything! Glad all is well, xx J.

July 31, 2012 at 8:10 am

Coriander and macadamia pesto is divine, serve it through pasta with prawns!

July 31, 2012 at 9:11 am

Oh my goodness that sounds amazing. Unless youre Adam an you dont like coriander. I know. Who doesnt like coriander?? Saving this one for one night hes away! Thanks!

Darren (Green Change)
July 31, 2012 at 9:12 am

I’ve made some basil and macadamia pesto, just because we had lots of macadamias from our tree and pine nuts are so expensive. I’d like to try bunya nuts one day – I think we have a tree (no positive ID yet!) and there are a few around town, so I’m hoping to snag some nuts at some point.

July 31, 2012 at 9:44 am

Yum! Any sort of pesto is good in my book. It’s a shame about the price of pine nuts but for me it’s necessary to use them as my nut allergic girl can still have pine nuts – being that they are seeds rather than nuts of course. We’ve had lots of apple desserts here too lately, not least your apple slice plenty of times 🙂


The pesto looks delicious, obviously your cooking – and your phone camera – is working just great!
I will certainly use this recipe, I agree that pine nuts do raise the cost of making any pesto – next time it will be walnuts.

July 31, 2012 at 7:14 pm

haha my hubby hates coriander aswell and I thinks he’s insane ..glad I’m not the only one 🙂

Linda Woodrow
August 1, 2012 at 10:14 am

Rocket and macadamia pesto is one of my favourite fast foods!


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