Rocket pesto Chutney of Chioggia radicchio, orange and dried fruit

The rocket pesto it is a very easy sauce to make that can be prepared in a few minutes. With its slightly bitter herbaceous taste it is a seasoning summer perfect for pasta, both hot and cold, but also to garnish a focaccia or to serve in an unusual vegetable dip. A versatile recipe, therefore, to be proposed to lunch, also as starter, or at the time ofaperitif.


  • 100 g of already cleaned rocket
  • 50 g of shelled and toasted walnuts
  • 50 g of grated pecorino
  • 50 g of grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper

How to prepare: Rocket pesto

The rocket pesto with its fresh and pungent flavor and its creamy texture it is an appetizing alternative to the traditional Genoese Pesto: a quick sauce to prepare that lends itself to seasoning pasta (the cold one is excellent in summer) but also to be spread on croutons or to accompany meat or fish dishes cooked in a simple way. Some idea? Try the wholemeal fusilli with salmon and rocket pesto or the vegan pizza, which has rocket pesto instead of tomato sauce as a base.

Herbaceous plant from aromatic flavor and slightly spicy, the rocket, also called rocket or rocket it has been known and cultivated since ancient times. The Romans already appreciated it for its organoleptic qualities and also consumed its seeds, still a valid alternative to mustard seeds.

It may be interesting to know that the name of rocket indicates two different plants, both belonging to the brassicaceae (or cruciferous) family: the common rocket and the so-called wild rocket. The two types differ in the shape of the leaves, the more jagged ones of the wild rocket which also has a decidedly more intense flavor.

And if you are looking for other delicious and creative pestos to season your pasta, cereals or vegetables, try the Pesto alla Trapanese, the Spinach Pesto or the Zucchini Pesto with the Thermomix.

OTHER TASTY RECIPES: Walnut pesto, Ligurian pesto, Sicilian pesto

Easy execution Preparation time 5 min Servings 4

How to prepare: Rocket pesto

Preparation of rocket pesto - Phase 1

Preparation of rocket pesto - Phase 1

To prepare the rocket pesto, collect all the ingredients in the jug of the mixer or a common blender. Blend intermittently, adding oil slowly from the hole on the lid and stirring occasionally. Adjust the times according to the desired consistency: you will still have to obtain a homogeneous cream.

Preparation of rocket pesto - Phase 2

Once ready you can use the rocket pesto immediately, to season the pasta by diluting it with a little cooking water, or you can transfer it to an airtight glass container, cover it with a veil of oil and place it in the refrigerator, where it will keep for a couple of days.