Arugula Walnut Pesto and Sundried Tomato Pasta

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    I have the worst luck with mail. Yes, I have another story and this time, it’s even more of a shocker. Like, I cannot believe this even happened.

    My friend, Kristan, and many of you know her as the talented Cookbook Queen, was selling a bunch of baby girl clothes since Lucy has grown out of them, with some that she’s never even worn! She said that there was probably $500 worth of clothes but selling them to me for way less. I was sold. One of my friends is having a baby girl in October and her style is the same as how Kristan dressed Lucy. Kristan shipped this 17 pound box of baby clothes to me two Friday’s ago. This past Wednesday, I started to wonder where it was since she didn’t live *that* far from me. I didn’t want it to seem like I didn’t trust Kristan so I gave it a couple more days before asking Kristan for the tracking number. On Friday, I asked Kristan the tracking number and she said she was surprised I hadn’t gotten it yet. I typed in the tracking number into UPS and lo-and-behold, it said it was delivered on Tuesday and it was left in front of the garage (where our packages are usually left). Well, obviously we didn’t get it and we’re not that blind – we would’ve seen a big box! Then it hit me. Guess what else comes on Tuesdays and guess what is also by our garage on Tuesdays? TRASH. YUP, THE TRASH PEOPLE TOOK THE 17 POUND BOX AND TRASHED IT THINKING IT WAS TRASH.

    Can you believe that?! There’s no way it was delivered to anyone else in our neighborhood ’cause the UPS guys know us well and I would think our neighbors would be kind enough to bring our package over.

    1. This royally sucks because no one will assume responsibility. UPS did their job of delivering it (which, they really need to deliver our packages to our front door and not by our garage) and the trash people will just say “we didn’t throw away a box” or “it was next to the trash can so we assumed it was trash.” I mean, it was a huge box, unopened. Why would you throw it away?? I mean, I totally get it because if it was sitting next to the trashcan, then it would look like trash.
    2. I wasted money and now I’ll never get to see those adorable clothes and my friend won’t be able to put those clothes to use.

    So frustrating, huh? Like, what are the chances of this happening? Probably slim to none but it’s me, so of course it’d happen! *sigh*

    At least this arugula walnut pesto and sundried tomato pasta doesn’t require too much TLC. The arugula walnut pesto can be made in advance (which really takes all of 5 minutes) and then cooking the pasta is about 7 minutes and bam – you’ve gotten dinner in less than 15 minutes. How perfect, right? I just love the colors of this dish. It’s so vibrant and it’s packed with flavor. This won’t disappoint you like the mailing system has disappointed me lately ;)

    Arugula Walnut Pesto and Sundried Tomato Pasta

    This arugula walnut pesto and sundried tomato pasta is so vibrantly colored and can be put together in less than 15 minutes!
    Prep Time: 5 mins
    Cook Time: 15 mins
    Total Time: 20 mins
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 4 servings
    Calories: 1018kcal
    Author: Julie Chiou
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    • 11 oz baby arugula
    • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
    • 2/3 cups walnuts
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1 tsp black pepper
    • 1 1/3 cup olive oil
    • 3-4 tbsp sundried tomatoes
    • 1 pound dried spaghetti


    • In the bowl of a food processor, add arugula (in batches), parmesan, walnuts, salt, and black pepper. Turn the food processor on high and drizzle in olive oil through the feed tube until everything is combined. Remove blade from food processor and using a spatula, scrape out the pesto and store it in an airtight container or what I like to do is store it in mason jars.
    • In a large stock pot, bring water to a boil then add pasta and cook according to the instructions on the back of the box. Drain pasta well, reserving 1 cup of pasta water. In a large bowl, add the pasta and 4 tbsp. of the arugula walnut pesto to the pasta. Toss gently until all is combined. If mixture looks too thick, pour a little bit of pasta water on top, 1 tbsp. at a time. You probably will not use all of the pasta water. Toss the sundried tomatoes in with the pasta and add more pesto, if needed.
    • Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top prior to serving.
    • Keep pesto in fridge in an airtight container for up to two months and keep pasta in fridge in an airtight container for up to 5 days.


    This makes a lot of arugula pesto but I like making a lot at one time because I store them in mason jars and keep the in the fridge for quick and easy meals on the weekdays after work. It keeps for a good couple months so it's nice to have it on hand!
    Nutrition Facts
    Arugula Walnut Pesto and Sundried Tomato Pasta
    Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
    Calories 1018 Calories from Fat 864
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 96g148%
    Carbohydrates 24g8%
    Fiber 5g20%
    Sugar 4g4%
    Protein 18g36%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate"
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  • Jamie @lifelovelemons says:

    LOVE the colors here! What a beautify pesto!

  • Tracey says:

    Oh man, that is such a huge bummer about the clothes! I’d be frustrated too :( Your pesto is gorgeous though, such a vibrant stunning color!

  • Yolanda says:

    Wow, that is so terrible about your box of clothes! I would most definitely be frustrated!
    Love the photographs and this recipe is going on my must-try-this-week list. If I end up making it, I will make sure to credit you with the recipe :) It looks delish!

  • Erin | The Law Student's Wife says:

    What a bummer!!!! So sorry Julie. Any chance the trash man is attempting to wear them? ;-)
    In positive news, I love love love pesto, and the sun dried tomato is such a bright addition. Maybe comfort yourself with an extra serving tonight?

  • Liz @ The Lemon Bowl says:

    I want to dive head first into this dish!!

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    You really do have the absolute worst luck with mail/packages. Totally love that second shot btw!

  • carrian says:

    Perfect photos, Julie!!! And hello dinner tonight!

  • Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective says:

    Mmmmm…this sounds delicious!

  • Tieghan says:

    Oh my gosh, are your being serious? The trash!!!! That is insane, I am so so sorry!

    At least this pasta is delicious and the photos gorgeous!! YUM!

  • Abby @ The Frosted Vegan says:

    Um yes please!! This looks like the perfect weeknight meal, little fuss biiiig flavor!

  • Meagan @ A Zesty Bite says:

    Oh wow that is definitely frustrating. I had a company send me a huge giftcard to buy some groceries and it apparently “got lost.” The tracking said it was delivered but I filed a complaint and the next day it was sitting in my mail box.

  • Kevin @ Closet Cooking says:

    Love the vibrant colours of that pesto!

  • Kelly says:

    Wow this looks beautiful and ridiculously good!! Great recipe Julie! :)

  • Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain says:

    I want to dive head first into this bowl of pasta! Gorgeous photos, girlfriend!

  • dixya| food, pleasure, and health says:

    im soo sorry about the package..hope UPS or the trash people stop behaving that way again. On a side note, I should make pesto in advance for situations like this.

  • Heather Christo says:

    this looks like the perfect thing for dinner tonight Julie! the color of the pesto is beautiful!

  • Gaby says:

    such a GORGEOUS looking pasta!

  • Ashley - baker by nature says:

    Ugh, that totally sucks about the clothes :-( I have terrible luck with mail too… As you know! Anywho… At least you have gorgeous pasta! And I mean, reeeeeeeally really gorgeous pasta!

  • Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch says:

    Love making pesto and sun dried tomato ANYTHING! This pasta looks amazing – could jump right on in!!!

  • Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough says:

    Oh don’t even get me started on the crazy times we’ve had with UPS and the postal service… UGH. Nightmares for days.

    On a much happier note :), this pesto looks amazing! I want to swan dive into that jar.

  • Mr. & Mrs. P says:

    Gorgeous pesto!! The color is so bright and captivating!!!

  • cassie says:

    Ugh, mail issues are so frustration!

    Love this dish. You know how I feel about pesto + sun-dried tomatoes!

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) says:

    I love pesto and sundried tomatoes, yum!

  • Kathryn says:

    Oh no, what a total nightmare!!

  • Marian (Sweetopia) says:

    This has got to be the most gorgeous pasta I’ve ever seen! Amazing!

  • DessertForTwo says:

    What a terrible story :(

    But what a great-looking pesto!

  • Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl says:

    Your pesto is a head turner, absolutely beautiful!

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar says:

    This is so lovely! Great recipe!!

  • claire @ the realistic nutritionist says:

    DUDE, that’s so freaking annoying!!! Ugh. what a pain in the ass.

    in other news, i’d faceplant into that pasta.

  • Ash- foodfashionparty says:

    Beautiful pesto and lovely photography. I just feel like I’ve eaten a plateful.

  • Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste says:

    This is absolutely stunning, Julie! Pinned!

  • Ted Vailas says:

    Wow! I should not have read this post on an empty stomach. I love every single ingredient in this recipe! Thanks!

  • Audra | The Baker Chick says:

    This is so vibrant and beautiful! I adore pesto and for some reason never ever make it. This sounds like a perfect dinner for next week’s menu!!

  • Marta @ What Should I eat for breakfast today says:

    It looks so perfect and colors are amazing as well. You’re amazing.

  • Becky says:

    This looks delicious! Do you have other recipes that you use the Pesto for? I love pesto and would love to put the big batch to good use :)

    • Julie says:

      I actually have a grilled pizza recipe coming up next week that uses it! You can also slather it on chicken and grill the pesto chicken for a yummy dish :)

  • I love the colors on the vibrant pesto you prepared. Sorry to hear about your bad luck on the clothes, that would drive me nuts.

  • marla says:

    LOVE! Just pinned to a few boards.

  • Des says:

    BOO! How could that happen?! That is so not cool. :( I think that this pasta would make you feel a little better though since it is so dang pretty :)

  • Nutmeg nanny says:

    Oh wow, this has my name all over it! I have got to try this recipe, it looks fantastic!

  • Lynna says:

    Aw, that really sucks. I love getting packages in the mail, but sometimes I worry when they arrive and I`m not home to get it.

    This pasta dish looks delish! I love pesto and sundried tomatoes.

  • Alli Ducker says:

    OK i just made this, but i swapped arugula for spinach. It was AWESOME. So good! and also I had to add garlic to the pesto. And pretty dang easy to make too! Thanks for the idea!

    • Julie says:

      Awesome substitution! Glad you enjoyed!

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