I had never tried pesto before, I hate to admit it. Yes, I’m a grown adult woman with a bit of life experience, which unfortunately hadn’t included this whole Pesto thingy. I have to say there was no particular reason for not trying it, I just think I didn’t grow up eating it in our household and it was a sort of out-of-sight/out-of-mind kind of thing. But let me tell you, I recently discovered it, and I feel like I had been really missing out.
I know pesto is traditionally made with basil and pine nuts, which to be quite honest, I have yet to try. But I discovered something AMAZING and it goes by the name of ARUGULA PESTO! Okay, okay…I obviously didn’t “discover” this deliciousness into existence, but you catch my drift. I had never experienced this before and it always feels amazing to try something new and end up really enjoying it.
So this is how it came to be, I had a package of arugula in the fridge that was reaching its expiry and I really didn’t want it to go to waste. I wanted to make something that I would enjoy. I know I could have gone with a plain ol’ arugula salad (which is delicious by the way), but i was looking for something with a bit more pizazz. And then I thought, how about I somehow use the arugula in a pasta dish? Which is how I arrived at this Pesto pasta.
Since I didn’t have any basil or pine nuts at home, I used arugula and walnuts for the pesto instead. I also decided to add in some shrimp, which really took this dish over the top. But I would like to say, this dish would be incredible with simply the pesto and the pasta. You may also substitute chicken for the shrimp. It is really up to you. But one thing’s for sure, this recipe is so mouth-wateringly delicious and easy to make. It’s also such a great way to incorporate more greens into your diet!
I’ve summarized the recipe for you below.
I really hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do. Thanks so much for stopping by!
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