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Whole Wheat Pasta with Arugula Walnut Pesto

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Whole Wheat Pasta with Arugula Walnut Pesto

A homemade wheat pasta with a vibrant and flavorful pesto sauce.

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  • Prep Time 60 min
  • Total Time 60 min
  • Servings 3

Whole Wheat Pasta with Arugula Walnut Pesto  

As prepared by The Food in my Beard

Before cooking this recipe, I had never made wheat pasta.


This might not seem out of the ordinary to you, but for someone who has made noodles with everything from olives to peanuts to buckwheat, never making a plain whole wheat pasta is a bit surprising. Despite this fact, I think these were some of the best noodles I have ever made in terms of taste, texture, and look.

Paired with a light arugula walnut pesto, this pasta is a delicious treat.

Pasta bowl method

Feel free to do this in the food processor or at least in a bowl, but I prefer the old fashioned well method.

Stirring eggs in

Incorporate the flour bit by bit until it takes on just the right amount.

Knead until smooth

At first it will be flaky, but as you knead it becomes smooth.

Let this rest in the fridge

Let this rest in the fridge while you make the pesto.

Pesto ingredients in food processor

The pesto is really easy to make, just pop everything into the food processor and pulse a few times.

Vibrant pesto

Vibrant and beautiful.

Run the dough through the roller a few times at the widest setting

Back to the dough! Start out by running the dough through the roller a few times at the widest setting, folding it over on itself each time. This will basically finish the kneading process.

Dough getting ready for slicing

See the difference! Now we can start going thinner and thinner.

If you don’t have the noodle attachment, just roll it up and cut with a knife

If you don’t have the noodle attachment, just roll it up and cut with a knife. Make sure there is plenty of flour.

Drying pasta on sheet

I like to dry my pasta on a sheet to allow the bottom to dry almost as fast as the top and not stick.

Boiling pasta

Boil the pasta for only about 5 minutes. It should still have some bite to it.

Add a little pasta water

A little bit of the pasta water goes into the pesto to finish it.

Close up of finished pesto pasta

Whole wheat pesto pasta in tongs

Finished Whole Wheat Pasta with Arugula Walnut Pesto

Healthier from the whole grains, and super flavorful from the greens, cheese, and nuts.

Oh, and did I mention it’s beautiful?



Dan Whalen would take walnuts over pine nuts anytime. He has been blogging for over four years at The Food in my Beard; check Dan's Tablespoon profile often to try his recipes with creative international spins!
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Whole Wheat Pasta with Arugula Walnut Pesto

Ingredients

4
Packed Cups Arugula
3/4
Cup Walnuts
4
ounce Pecorino Romano
1
Clove Garlic
2
Cups Gold Medal Whole Wheat Flour
1
Cup Gold Medal All Purpose Flour
4
Large Eggs

Directions

  • 1 Mix the eggs with the flours, a splash of olive oil, and some salt. Knead to form a dough.
  • 2 When the dough is smooth, place it in the fridge to rest for 30 minutes.
  • 3 Meanwhile, place the arugula, walnuts, cheese, and garlic into a food processor and pulse to form the pesto.
  • 4 Work your dough through a pasta roller on the widest setting. Fold the dough over itself and repeat until it starts coming out of the machine smooth.
  • 5 Now move to the next thickest setting and run the pasta through. Continue doing this incrementally until you reach the third thinnest setting.
  • 6 Run your sheet of pasta through the fettuccine cutter, or alternatively cut it by hand.
  • 7 Allow to dry on a sheet.
  • 8 Boil for about 5 minutes until al dente. Pour one or two ladles of the pasta water into your pesto and mix well. Now mix in the drained pasta and stir to coat.
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