A Springtime Pesto Recipe

Has the windy weather left you considering the ideal meal for a candlelight dinner?

If so, we have a super simple recipe that’s tasty and full of nutritious foods we love: organic arugula, garlic, and lemon, plus it makes use of our incredibly high quality whole wheat organic penne pasta.

The regular version of this recipe calls for a food processor / blender. But if you don’t have power, that’s not an option. So what can you do? Take out that old pestle and mortar you never use! Yes, it’s a bit of work, but you’ll work up some body heat to keep warm! ;) 

(Also, you’ll need at least a gas stove. If it’s electric, this won’t work either.)  

Springtime Pesto

Serves 4-6. Prep time: 25 minutes.

  • 4 cups lightly packed arugula
  • ½ cup lightly packed fresh
  • parsley leaves
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1⁄3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 pound whole wheat penne pasta


Process the arugula, parsley, garlic, Parmesan and peas in a food processor until they form a smooth paste, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl twice. Add the lemon juice, salt and olive oil and process, scraping down as needed, to make a smooth, creamy pesto.

Place the pesto in a bowl, and stir in the lemon zest.

Cook the pasta according to package directions; drain and toss with the pesto. Serve with additional Parmesan cheese, and freshly-ground black pepper to taste.

Ingredient checklist


  • Arugula
  • Parsley
  • Garlic
  • Lemon


  • Olive oil
  • Whole wheat penne pasta


  • Parmesan


  • Peas


  • Salt

Serving suggestion

Spread this light, fresh pesto on a prepared pizza crust and top with goat cheese before baking or broiling, and cut in small triangles for a seasonal appetizer. Add halved cherry tomatoes and snips of fresh herbs or garlic scapes if you like.

Nutritional information per serving

  • 340 calories
  • 10 g. fat
  • 5 mg. cholesterol
  • 290 mg. sodium
  • 290 g. carbohydrate
  • 9 g. fiber
  • 13 g. protein

The nutritional values and information provided are approximation. Posted by permission from StrongerTogether.coop. Find more recipes and information about your food and where it comes from at www.strongertogether.coop.