If you’re a pesto fan, you’re going to fall even more in love with pesto once you realize how easy it is to make at home! This homemade kale arugula pesto variation is a perfect peppery, smooth blend of pesto that you’ll choose every time. Make this kale arugula pesto ASAP!
I can’t remember exactly when I fell in love with pesto, but I know that moving to Italy for four months did not help that love affair. My diet was surprisingly limited and simple while living in Italy because of my college shoestring budget, but of course pasta and rice is incredibly cheap in Italy. That meant lots of evenings of pasta which led me to start to branch out to use different ingredients in my dinners.
One of my favorite meals was grilled chicken, tomatoes and pesto over penne with a bit of shaved parmesan on top. MMM, I can still practically taste that meal (probably because I ate it wayyyy too many times).
We got married a few months after I got back from Italy and that’s where my love for cooking began. I was all of the sudden forced to cook because I couldn’t rely on eating out frequently or my college meal plan anymore. It’s also where my love of making homemade versions of store bought items began.
I think it’s SO easy in our culture to take for granted the process that goes into making things from scratch. Unless you’re Italian, you probably can’t remember the last time you made pasta sauce from scratch, right? I can’t either! So sometimes I force myself to try to make something homemade that I would otherwise buy in a store. It’s a great lesson in appreciating the process of how our food is made and usually the result tastes so much better because you’re using fresh ingredients!
This pesto is THAT in a nutshell.
Pesto can be kind of expensive to buy which is why it’s even more practical to make it yourself! If you buy a little jar of pesto like this one, it is almost $10 for a tiny jar. Making it homemade you can make 2-3x more than that for even less money. Plus the freshness, y’all. Making this blend with arugula and kale gave this pesto a much more complex flavor than a typical basil pesto does!Print
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 packed cup of arugula
- 1 packed cup of kale
- 1/2 cup of olive oil
- 1/4 cup of pine nuts
- 1/2 cup of shredded or shaved parmesan cheese
- Salt and pepper to taste
- In a food processor, chop garlic.
- Add in arugula and kale and blend.
- Slowly pour in olive oil.
- Add pine nuts to food processor and blend.
- Add in parmesan, salt and pepper and blend until ingredients are well-mixed.
- If desired, add more oil to make the sauce thinner.
- Taste pesto to see if it needs more salt or pepper. You can even add a splash of lemon juice if some acidity is needed!
We put this pesto on everything. From orzo and pasta to chicken and salmon – stay tuned for that recipe coming soon.
If you’re a pesto fan, I challenge you to make your own. You may not swear off buying the store bought kind forever, but it will certainly be a fun lesson in making something from scratch and seeing how easy it is! This post is the first in a brief series where I’ll be sharing how to make some of my favorite homemade basics from scratch.
Have you ever made pesto? Will you try this Kale Arugula Pesto?!