Last Nights Dinner

Spicy Arugula-Pistachio Pesto


So does any one shop at Hannafords? I not really sure how far reaching this supermarket is, but since we moved to NY that is where I have been shopping. I def. miss Stop and Shop a lot though. Its hard to switch grocery stores. You get use to brands and where everything is. Ok but back to Hannafords, every month they have this cooking magazine that is free if you buy $25. Its wicked nice and has great recipes in it. Anyways, I found this recipe in the last one but the pesto was to put over steak. I decided to make it a pasta dish and mix in tomatoes and avocados. Mmmm!
It was delicious and so easy to make. I love anything that has more of a Mexican flare to it.


Whole Wheat Pasta
1 clove garlic
1 jalapeno pepper
1/4 black pepper
1/4 salt
2 cups tightly packed arugula
1/3 cup unsalted pistachios
1/2 cup of grated manchego cheese (I will say I didn’t have this and used Asiago)
3 Tsp. Fresh lime juice
3 Tsp. Extra Virgin olive oil
Small cherry tomatoes, quartered
2 Avocados

1. Cook pasta as directed
2. meanwhile in food processor add garlic, quartered jalapeno, arugula and pistachios. Pulse a few times. Scrape down side and pulse again till blended.
3. Add cheese, salt and pepper. Pulse
4. Add olive oil and lime juice. Can add a little more of each if you want. It gets pretty thick.
5. Slice tomatoes and avocados. Set aside.
6. When you drain pasta save a little of the pasta water to help mix in pesto to make it a little more creamy.
7. Mix everything together (pasta, pesto, tomatoes, avocados) Add water as desired.
8. Serve and enjoy!

  1. You make the most delicious food. I must try this.

    Lulu Letty

  2. We have Stop & Shop in NY!! Maybe there just isn’t one near where you live. I actually really like to go to the Stop & Shop by my parent’s house because they have a great natural section and their own brand “Nature’s Promise”.
    But anyway. I’m a huge fan of avocados on anything. And the pistachios in the pesto, I’m going to have to try that!

  3. mmmmmm…can i have a bite?

    Betty Noir

  4. Dotty dot dot •

    That sounds divine.

    If you can find manchego cheese, I highly recommend it. It is so delicious. It’s great on its own, but it also melts really well so it’s promising for panini’s, home-made mac and cheese, and I imagine this dish because once it mixes in with the hot pasta, it would probably make the pesto just that much creamier.


  5. Pasta and avocado sounds like my kind of dish!

  6. Jen,
    Thanks so much for sharing all the amazing meals you cook! I have been trying to cook vegetarian a few times a week and have tried several of the recipes you have shared! Do you have any suggestions for favorite recipe websites, magazines or cookbooks for vegetarians/vegans?

  7. that looks so good. i am definitely trying this tonight.

  8. I need to make this asap! Anything involving pistachios AND avocados? It’s gotta be heaven on earth :o)

  9. this looks so delicious and the timing is perfect since I have a huge bag of arugula and was thinking that I wanted to make a pesto with it! yummy and thanks for sharing!

  10. This looks great. Where do you get your vegetarian recipes from? Are they your own creations?

  11. ooh i how miss hannafords…that’s my go-to grocery store when i’m back at my parents house. this dish looks quite delicious as well:)

  12. This pasta looks amazing! I am totally going to make this sometime soon!

  13. LOOKS YUMMY! I am going to try this! Thanks 😀

  14. That looks delicious!! We have Hannafords up here in Maine and unfortunately the one I go to has a horrendous layout, but it was worth the perilous navigation of superfluous displays because I got that little magazine. I was pumped because you used to have to spend $50 to get it. Gonna have to try your twist on the recipe!

  15. Shelley Dhawan •

    Im vegetarian as well and you have the best recipes! I wish I had more time/will power to make such amazing looking (and tasting) meals!

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