Special Diet Information

Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is NOT safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

This recipe contains cheese and some of those who are lactose intolerant may be able to tolerate it.

This is NOT a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
No specific GERD triggers.

Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten.


"Woe to the cook whose sauce has no sting." -Geoffrey Chaucer, Author

The refrigerator light goes on...

This sauce is an example of not simply being able to substitute one ingredient for another. The spiciness of the arugula is far different than the sweetness of basil or dill.

The sauce could be quite bitter from the arugula, and getting the balance right by adding a little bit of maple syrup softens the bitterness of the arugula without robbing it of the spicy flavor. Notice that there is no lemon juice in this recipe as there is with a Basil Pesto. The white wine vinegar is a little softer flavor, and using it will keep the recipe from being too bright.

This is great with gnocchi or almost any pasta.


Arugula Pesto

Servings: 6 | Serving size: 2 tablespoons

Cooking Time: 30 Minutes

This recipe can easily be multiplied and keeps for about 3 days in the refrigerator. Leftovers are better than fresh.

Serve in place of the Dill Pesto on the Dill Pesto & Potato Pizza, over Gnocchi, or in the Arugula Mashed Potatoes.

Arugula Pesto recipe from Dr. Gourmet


  • 2 Tbsp pine nuts
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 4 cups fresh arugula (about 5 ounces)
  • 1 ounce Parmigiano-Reggiano (grated)
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil

Place the pine nuts, garlic, parmesan, water, maple syrup, salt, vinegar and olive oil in a blender.

Put about 1 cup of the arugula on top of the ingredients in the blender.

Blend on medium for about 10 seconds.

Add the remaining arugula and press down gently.

Pureé all ingredients until smooth.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 2 tablespoons

Servings: 6

Amount Per Serving

Calories 90 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value
Total Fat 8g 10%
    Saturated Fat 1.5g 9%
    Monounsaturated Fat 4g
    Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol <5mg 0%
Sodium 160mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 4g 0%
    Dietary Fiber <1g 0%
    Sugars 3g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A 3% Vitamin C 4%
Calcium 3% Iron 3%
Vitamin K 30mcg Potassium 100mg