Rocket pesto
  • Serves icon Serves 4
  • Time icon Ready in 10 minutes

This rocket pesto recipe, with added wild rocket, is more peppery and punchier than the traditional recipe.


  • 1 small garlic clove
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 25g pine nuts, very lightly toasted
  • 50g wild rocket
  • 25g Parmesan, finely grated
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 125ml extra-virgin olive oil


  1. Put the garlic and salt into the bowl of a small food processor and pulse.
  2. Add the pine nuts and pulse until roughly chopped (be careful not to over-process). Add the rocket and pulse carefully until it is well mixed, but still very textured.
  3. Turn into a bowl and stir through the Parmesan and lemon juice. Pour in the olive oil and mix well until you have a juicy paste, seasoning to taste as you go.


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  1. I love this recipe because it is incredibly simple to make but makes such a startling difference to the ingredients you use with it to make a meal. It is amazingly good in anything from a salmon en croute, to a topping for a pizza or pastry tart, or even swirled through some simple pasta. Ten out of ten for versatility.

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