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Spinach & rocket pesto served with farfalle & smoked bacon

on 21/03/2012

Yesterday, I made this tasty & easy to make spinach & rocket pesto. I added toasted walnuts & added the Parmesan cheese later, on the plate. My husband & I don’t like the same amount of cheese in our pesto’s so that’s why I added it later, on my plate.

I added cooked farfalle pasta because I wanted to use this fun pasta shape. I also added fried smoked bacon pieces because I do think that the flavours marry well together. If you leave out the bacon, this is a vegetarian dish. Enjoy it! πŸ™‚ If you have any leftovers, this is also tasty with some mashed potato served with fried sausages or with vegetarian sausages!

A divine & easy to make pasta dish!

Yum yum yummm,…Fresh & tasty!

Recipe: For 2 persons, with a bit of seconds


** For the pesto:

100 gr of Β young spinach leaves, well washed & spun dry, big stalks removed

100 gr of rocket leaves ( arugula ), well washed & spun dry

2 fat cloves of garlic, peeled & finely chopped up

zest & juice of 1/2 lemon

4 to 6 tablespoons of a fruity extra virgin olive oil / I used 6

black pepper

sea salt flakes/ I use Maldon sea salt

30 gr of walnuts, toasted for about 5 minutes in a hot non-stick pan, on a low heat./ Do not let the walnuts burn!

** To serve:

About 350 gr of farfalle pasta+ fried smoked bacon pieces / I only use 200 gr for 2 persons, so that the smoked bacon won’t overpower the pesto flavours!!!

finely grated Parmesan cheese, about 100 gr


1. Cook your pasta according to your packet instructions. Drain & keep warm.

2. Make your pesto. Take a food processor & add the rocket leaves, spinach leaves, toasted walnuts, chopped up garlic, 1/2 lemon zest & juice of 1/2 lemon. Add some cracks of black pepper & some sea salt flakes. Now, add 2 tablespoons of your fruity oil. Blitz everything together for a few seconds or until it forms a greenish paste. Add 1 tablespoon of the oil at a time. Add more oil if you need to. You want to end up with a greenish pesto consistency, not too thick & not too runny. Stop. Scrape the sides of your processor & blitz again & again. Taste. It has to taste fab & adjust the seasoning if you need to. You can taste the lemon. Yummy!

3. In the meantime, fry your smoked bacon pieces in some baking margarine until crispy & ready. Keep warm. Now, you are ready to plate up. Take 2 pasta plates & add the cooked farfalle in the middle. Add 2 or 3 tablespoons of the green pesto on top of your cooked pasta. Scatter the smoked bacon pieces all around your pasta plate, in a circle. Add some grated Parmesan cheese on top of the pesto. The Parmesan cheese enriches the flavour of the lemon. Do the same with your second pasta plate. Enjoy instantly with your loved one! Success guaranteed! πŸ™‚

This is so tasty, everything mingled together on your plate. It doesn’t look great but it is so divine! πŸ™‚ Happy Eating!


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28 responses to “Spinach & rocket pesto served with farfalle & smoked bacon

  1. Clemence says:

    le pesto de roquette, j’adore !

  2. Ina Gawne says:

    Sophie – this sounds so delicious! We love pesto in this house, and pasta, and bacon – what a winning combination! πŸ™‚

  3. Koko says:

    A walnut pesto is such a nice change from the usual pesto. I don’t think I have ever tried using rocket in pesto, though! I like farfalle, too! And all that lovely pesto would stick perfectly to that pasta shape. Another winner, Sophie!!

  4. Norma Chang says:

    I too frequently choose a pasta because of the fun shape. Your pesto has such a pretty green color, combining spinach and rocket is a great idea.

  5. hotlyspiced says:

    What beautiful looking pesto – it’s so vibrantly green! Pesto pasta would have to be my favourite pasta and yours looks delicious. I haven’t tried it with bacon but I’m sure the flavours would work well together. xx

  6. Carolyn Jung says:

    Everything goes better with bacon — even pesto, which is good all on its own, but downright spectacular with a little smoked pork thrown in.

  7. Tandy says:

    what a lovely pesto! I am going to try this for sure πŸ™‚

  8. Wauw this looks delicious and what a great way to use up leftover spinach. I’m definitely trying this one!

  9. Yum!!! I am starving and this is exactly what I feel like… Right now. Any left overs?

  10. zestybeandog says:

    That bacon looks so delicious! I can’t get enough pesto as well, so good!

  11. Nic says:

    Lovely fresh flavours, great for pasta!

  12. Kiran says:

    LOVE spinach pestos — and with bacon, wowser πŸ˜€

  13. I love pesto, but you’re taking it the extra mile with the smoked bacon. I’d be going back for seconds, thirds.

  14. Hi Sophie, we tried this recipe yesterday and it was truly delicious! We used prosciutto instead of bacon, but for the rest we stuck to your recipe. What a great way to use up our leftover spinach!
    I hope you are feeling better in the mean time… if you are still watching what to eat and are already tired of the same old chicken soup, try the tomato soup with chicken, bacon and tarragon by Jeroen Meus (from “Dagelijkse kost”), very delicious and a great one to stock in the freezer too. Get well soon!!!

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