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Vegan Gluten-free rocking rucola pesto!

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We already ate a lot of fresh rucola (rocket leaves aka arugula straight from the garden. This is a wild variety. Huge plants! So, to enjoy it freshness the most, I invented a lovely vegan & gluten-free pesto with it!  We served it on a bed of spelt spaghetti & home-made chicken meatballs.


You can make it completely Gluten-free by using Gf pasta & Gf chicken mince!

You can make it completely vegan, by using tofu, seitan or tempeh.

The pesto itself is vegan & gluten-free! xxx

The lovely tasty fresh rucola pesto!
The lovely tasty fresh rucola pesto!

Now, on with the tasty recipe: Let’s go!

Recipe: For fresh pesto, enough for 4 plates


For the pesto:

32 gr ( 1/3 cup) walnut halves

50 gr ( 2 cups, well-pushed into the cups) fresh cleaned, washed, spun dry rocket leaves

juice of 1/2 lemon

2 fat cloves of garlic, peeled & finely chopped

20 grins of black pepper

15 grins of pink salt

125 ml (1/2 cup) of a fruity extra virgin olive oil ( short: evoo)

For the rest:

300 gr dairy-free chicken mince, rolled into smaller meatballs, fried in that same fruity extra virgin olive oil

375 gr cooked, drained white spelt spaghetti


  1. First, toast the walnut heaves into a smaller non-stick pan on low heat until toasted. Watch them carefully & do not let them burn. Turn them too. It only takes a few minutes. turn heat off.
  2. Take your beloved food processor & place S-blade in. Add chopped garlic, toasted walnuts, whole rucola leaves, olive oil, black pepper , pink salt & lemon juice. Place fitted lid on & pulse or mix until it is fully mixed. I do not mix it on the highest speed because I still like to see what is in my pesto. Stop the machine & scrape down the sides. Mix again. Taste. You must taste the lovely sharp fresh rucola & a hint of fresh sharp lemon! I only added 125 ml (1/2 cup of that fruity evoo. If you want a looser pesto, add more oil & seasoning! It is up to you!  I served it with fried chicken meatballs that I also fried in that same fruity extra virgin olive oil.  I served it too with cooked white spelt spaghetti. So, plate up like picture above & enjoy instantly! We drank a lovely white wine with it, it was this one: a lovely Bulgarian wine, chardonnay, 2015, Domaine Boyar. Perfect! Cheers! xxx ♥ Stay Tuned & subscribe by email! Join 1,800 email subscribers now!!! It is free!!!! Click the link here below to subscribe!!!


Hello! My name is Sophie & I love to cook & bake mostly healthily but with a twist! There is a bit of gardening & travelling in here too! Enjoy! :)

28 thoughts on “Vegan Gluten-free rocking rucola pesto!

  1. Cool pesto, I love rocket or arugula. Delicious with the spelt spaghetti and meatballs. Lovely meal. There is no where to enter my email address so I can get your newsletter. Maybe thats coming.

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  2. I love arugula a lot too. The pesto looks really fresh and delicious.

    1. Here in belgium, we can buy really good quality of chicken mince, organic or not. I don’t know from which type of chickens it comes from though! x

  3. I made your lovely fresh pesto just now as an early lunch & it was fun making it & devouring it of course too!
    A superb recipe, my friend! xxx

  4. Ooo Sophie 🙂 I needed something for a quick dinner tonight for guests before going out – I’d already thought of pasta and this pesto will be perfect! Thanks for sharing! 🙂 xxx

  5. A superb pasta & what a fab tasty pesto too! MMMM!
    I will make it soon! Yum!

  6. I made your delicious pats a dish yesterday evening & my wife & kids & I all loved it so much! 🙂 xxx

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