Pasta with arugula pesto, speck, walnuts and taleggio


Spring played a bad joke andit  is back in hibernation for a while giving way to gray skies, wind, cold and rain, and so you go back to spend more time at home and you go back to having the desire to pamper yourself with good food, those calorie recipes of great satisfaction that keep us warm until we look at the rain continues to fall out of the window.

The recipe of today is pasta with arugula pesto, speck, taleggio and chopped walnuts. Taleggio and speck are two Italian products but you can find them easily in supermarkets even here in brussels or in Italian stores thus, don’t worry about it.

Ingredients (for 2):

  •  300 gr of penne
  • 100 gr speck
  • 50 gr rocket
  • 20 gr walnuts
  • 1 dl of extra virgin olive oil
  • 100 gr of Grana Padano
  • salt and pepper q.b


Cook the pasta in salted hot water.

Wash and drain the arugula, add the grana cheese, the oil and a bit of cold water (or a cube of ice). Mince and mix all the ingredients together and season with salt and pepper.

Apart size the speck very thin, in strips and brown it in a pan.

Drain the pasta, mix the pasta with the cold pesto and then add the speck. At the last minute put the pasta on the fire for 1 minutes and add the pieces of taleggio that will melt slightly.

Serve the pasta and pour over each dish a bit of chopped walnuts.

 I wish you all a good rainy Sunday!