Arrugula/Spinach Pesto!

Pestos are a wonderful summer meal. Quick and easy to make, the whole thing is done by the time the pasta water is boiling. We add toasted Pawnee Pecans, from Berdols, instead of Pine Nuts.

Arrugula/Spinach pesto is made two to one, meaning it uses two times more of the first ingredient than the second. We use two times more Arrugula than Spinach, two times more Parsley than Basil, and two times more Parmesan than Romano cheese. We make our Pestos with a food processor for ease and smoothness of texture. Here’s the process:

In food processor add two parts Arrugula to one part Spinach, two parts Italian Parsley to one part Sweet Basil, add peeled garlic cloves to taste, add two parts Parmesan to one part Romano Cheese and a generous hand full of toasted Pecans. Swirl Extra Virgin Olive Oil over the top, about one-third of a cup. After securing the top of the food processor, pulse until the mix is the consistency of an herbed butter. Serve over Angel Hair Pasta and top with a dusting of both cheeses and toasted Pecans. Serve with a fresh Ceasar Salad and you have a cool summertime meal. Enjoy.

Arrugula Spinach Pesto!




Deena Spellman

A Texas State graduate with a B.S. in Botany and an Associate Degree in Horticulture, Deena Spellman recently celebrated her 21st anniversary as a professional in the field of gardening. She operates Bastrop Botanical Gardens which includes a Labyrinth registered in the United Kingdom Registry, a landscape company, Heirloom Tea Room, and a nursery. All are open by scheduled appointment where she especially enjoys sharing her extensive knowledge with small groups of like-minded gardeners.