- 1/3 cup pine nuts
- 1 1/2 cups arugula
- 1 1/2 cups basil
- Kosher salt
- 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup ricotta cheese (optional)
Toast the pine nuts in a dry skillet until lightly browned; let cool. Pulse in a food processor until finely ground.
Add the arugula, basil and 1/4 teaspoon salt and pulse until finely chopped.
Add the parmesan and pulse to combine.
Slowly pour in the olive oil, pulsing to incorporate. Transfer the pesto to a bowl and stir in the ricotta. You'll have about 1 cup pesto; use about 1/2 cup for 1 pound pasta.
Photograph by Kana Okada