How to Make Spaghetti with Arugula Pesto

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Spaghetti with Arugula Pesto

This Spaghetti with Arugula Pesto has a double hit of arugula—it’s blended into the tangy and earthy pesto, and then raw leaves are tossed with the finished pasta. We love this pesto and always keep some on hand to spread on sandwiches and bruschetta.

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Spaghetti with Arugula Pesto -- Marijuana Recipes

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 6 cups arugula, plus 1 bunch baby arugula
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, preferably kosher or sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup olive oil, plus 2 tablespoons, divided
  • 4 teaspoons cannabis infused oil
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated, plus more for serving
  • 1 pound spaghetti


  1. 1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil for the spaghetti.
  2. 2. In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade, pulse 6 cups of the arugula, walnuts, garlic, salt, and pepper until pureed. With the machine running, add the 1⁄2 cup olive oil and canna-olive oil in a steady stream through the feed tube to make a pesto. Stir in the Parmesan and set the pesto aside.
  3. 3. Cook the spaghetti according to package directions.
  4. 4. Drain the spaghetti, return it to the pot off the heat, and toss it with the pesto and baby arugula.
  5. 5. Divide the pasta among 4 plates, drizzle with the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, and top with extra Parmesan.


Chef's Note:  This dish would also be wonderful with the addition of cooked shrimp, scallops, or chicken. If you don’t like arugula, or prefer a milder flavor, substitute baby spinach.Click here for instructions for making Cannabis Infused Oil.For important information about dosing cannabis edibles, click here.This recipe is reprinted with permission from Herb: Mastering the Art of Cooking with Cannabis (2015 Inkshares) by Chefs Laurie Wolf and Melissa Parks.Click here for our insider look at this terrific marijuana cookbook and more sample recipes from its pages.

About the author 

Cheri Sicard

Cheri Sicard is the editor of, the author of Mary Jane: The Complete Marijuana Handbook for Women (2015, Seal Press) and The Cannabis Gourmet Cookbook (2012, Z-Dog Media). Her blog is

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