What to do with leftover rocket

This peppery, leafy green is a great addition to many salads and dishes. Use up any leftovers in these recommended recipes.

What to do with leftover rocket

Recipes using rocket

How to use up leftover rocket

  • Punchy pesto
    In a mini or large food processor, put however much rocket you have leftover (about 4 handfuls is good but less will work, too), a handful of basil leaves (adjust the quantities as necessary- use more if you don’t have that much rocket left), 60g grated parmesan and a handful of toasted pine nuts.  Season well, then whizz to a smooth paste, adding 100ml olive oil as you go.
  • Pasta with aroma
    Toss rocket leaves through warm pasta with a fresh tomato sauce.  The rocket will wilt in the heat and add some green to the final dish.
  • Zesty side
    Roughly chop plenty of rocket with spinach and chard, then wilt briefly in a hot pan with olive oil, chilli flakes, lemon juice and salt and pepper. Serve alongside meat or fish.



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