Linguine with Rocket and Cashew Pesto

Rocket (Arugula) is a favorite salad green of mine and its aromatic spiciness goes well with this recipe. Rocket is very low in calories and is high in vitamins A and C. A 1/2 cup serving is two calories. Cashew nuts have a lower fat content than most other nuts, approximately 75% of their fat is unsaturated fatty acids. And, about 75% of this unsaturated fatty acid content is oleic acid, the same heart-healthy monounsaturated fat found in olive oil. I like using pesto as toppings on things such as salmon fillet or on chicken breasts baked in the oven. I also use it tossed in with pasta salads or in a grilled vegetable mixture.

Serves 4

recipe from TasteItalia

100g rocket
100g cashew nuts, toasted
40g grated Parmesan or Grana Padano
100ml extra virgin olive oil
500g linguine

Blitz the rocket, cashew nuts, Parmesan and 50ml of the oil in a blender (or food processor) until it takes on a pesto-like consistency. Add the remaining 50ml of oil and blitz the ingredients again until combined. Cook the linguine according to packet instructions, until al dente (tender but with a slight bite). Drain and return to the saucepan. Toss the linguine with a little olive oil to prevent it sticking together, then add the pesto and toss to coat all the pasta strands. Serve immediately, drizzled with a little extra olive oil.

The Culinary Chase’s Note
: Wow! Talk about an easy meal packed with flavor! I’m still partial to pesto with garlic so I’ll add a clove next time I make this. You can also substitute cashew for pine nuts.

3 Comments

  1. Mae Travels on September 27, 2008 at 12:50

    This pasta sounds very good! I had a quite different recipe for pasta with arugula (which I think is the US name for rocket) — it was totally different, not pureed, using wilted greens and cherry tomatoes. Lots of possibilities there!

    Loved your entry at Lydias… Mae



  2. Parker on September 29, 2008 at 11:32

    Sounds really nice, I have recently been loving pesto on pasta and sandwiches.



  3. The Culinary Chase on October 6, 2008 at 01:05

    Thanks Mae & Parker! Yes, rocket is the same as arugula & is a favorite of mine…….love those spicey/peppery notes from it. Cheers!