Sunday, May 17, 2009

Recipe-Arugula Pesto + this morning's run

I really like arugula, but so far my use of it has been limited to adding it to salads for extra flavor. I planted some in our garden, and used it to make Arugula Pesto from the lovely Giada's (I'm pretty sure Rich would leave me for her in a heartbeat..she's hot and cooks every day) everyday italian cookbook. First let me say that I really recommend this cookbook. The recipes are pretty simple, and delicious.

I made this pesto for lunch yesterday, then served it over tortellini with some sauteed chicken breast (cut into strips and sauteed in olive oil, with salt/pepper/italian seasoning).

Arugula Pesto

2 cups (packed) fresh arugula 1/2 tsp salt, or to taste

1 garlic clove (peeled) 1/4 tsp. pepper, or to taste

1/2 cup olive oil

1/2 cup freshly crated Parmesan cheese

In the bowl of a food processor, blend the arugula and garlic until finely chopped. With the machine running, gradually add the oil, processing until well-blended. Transfer the pesto to a bowl and stirl in the cheese, salt and pepper. The pesto can be made 2 days ahead. Cover and refrigerate.

*I didn't take a pic of the pesto, so the pic of Giada will have to do:)

Run-this morning was an easy 4 miler at 11:25 GP. It is cold and rainy and I just did not want to run. I looked at the gym spin schedule but had missed the morning class already so I really had no choice. My mind was pretty ticked off, but my body felt good.
1. 10:59
2. 11:00
3. 11:00
4. 10:30


Carolina John said...

cool! i love giada's stuff too. and she's hawt.

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Mel-2nd Chances said...

awesome job getting out there when you didn't feel like it... you won't regret getting out there, but will regret not going ;)

Sarah said...

PESTO! Pesto is my favorite. But everything seems to be my favorite these days! :)

Lindsay said...

i 2nd mel! great job forcing yourself out the door, glad it ended up well despite the rain.

MCM Mama said...

Yum, that sounds good. I have a bit of an arugula addiction, so I'll have to try that as soon as the leaves in my garden get a bit bigger.

Good job on the run!

Alisa said...

I LOVE pesto! Will have to look into arugula. I don't think I've seen it at the store.

kristen said...

Way to run despite not really wanting to. It's those types of runs that really make the differnce in the long run.

P.S. I can't stand Giada (or as I refer to her, "cleave") It drives me crazy the way she over pronounces the italian words. Pick an accent!

Marlene said...

Nice pace on the 4-miler. Way to get out there when you weren't in the mood.

Thanks for the recipe - looks yummy!

Rahel said...

i know know why, but i think this picture is super funny!!!!!


joyRuN said...

Thanks for the recipe!

I can't get into Giada. All I can think when I see her is of a barracuda with t*ts.

Frayed Laces said...

I never would have thought of using arugula in pesto...interesting!

Marcy said...

Dang why can't I look like that and cook to boot? LOL