Spaghetti with Rocket, Spinach & Pecan pesto
After a wonderful weekend in Cape Town celebrating my book launch, browsing food markets and eating way too much food, I came home longing for light and fresh food.
I decided to make this pesto by combining the contents of my fridge, if I have to be quite honest. I’ve tasted rocket pesto before and loved the peppery flavour the leaves add to a traditional pesto. I didn’t have any pine nuts but found some pecans in my pantry and then to add bulk, decided to add fresh spinach. Finished with Pecorino, garlic and lemon, this pesto turned out to be one of the most delicious I had ever tasted.
What I love so much about this pesto is that it doesn’t dis-colour like basil pesto does. It stays beautifully, bright green and I just adore the aroma when it hits the warm pasta. Topped with more pecorino and freshly cracked pepper, this makes for a lovely light supper or substantial lunch.
- 200 g baby spinach bigger stems removed
- 50 g rocket
- 100 g pecan nuts toasted
- 2 garlic cloves
- juice of 1 lemon
- 1 cup grated Pecorino
- 1 cup olive oil
- salt to taste
- 500 g spaghetti cooked
- extra Pecorino
Place the spinach, rocket, pecans, garlic, lemon juice and Pecorino in a food processor and blend. (You might have to do this in two batches as the spinach tends to be quite bulky and may fill up the bowl of the food processor too much.)
When the leaves are roughly choppes, slowly drizzle in the olive oil while the processor is still running.
Allow to blend until it forms a thick but moist pesto. Season to taste.
To serve, toss the pesto with cooked spaghetti and serve with grated Pecorino.
Store any left-over pesto in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.