Arugula and Lime Pesto Pasta

Arugula and Lime Pesto Pasta | A tangy and delicious combo for pesto! Add bacon, green peas, and make it your own! Yum! |

There is something about the bright green color associated with “March” that makes me so happy!  Maybe because it means the beginning of Spring, or maybe it is due to my Irish roots (actually Scotch Irish, so we “think” …awaiting the much anticipated results I as type! Details to follow.)

What I do know is that March and St. Patty’s Day promises lots of shamrocks and four leaf clovers which should guarantee us lots of good luck.  Lucky is exactly what I felt when I saw this bright green Arugula and Lime Pesto recipe in a cool foodie magazine called The Local Palate.  Granted, cooks are making pestos these days with all kinds of greens…but I had never seen this combo!

Arugula and Lime Pesto Pasta | A tangy and delicious combo for pesto! Add bacon, green peas, and make it your own! Yum! |

The green color immediately jumped off the page and the combination of arugula and lime caught my attention pronto!  I had to make this new twist on pesto and see what we had here…plus a pesto in early Spring?!  Why not, I’m ready!

Arugula is a leafy green that has a peppery and tangy taste.  I love it as an addition to my salad greens or just by itself.  Many stores these days carry “baby” arugula (sometimes organic but not always) which is a tamer version of regular arugula, and it’s become a staple in my fridge.  Hot tip:  Try my quick and easy arugula salad which doesn’t require an official recipe “post”:  a couple of generous handfuls of baby arugula, fresh Parmesan to taste, and about ½ a lemon squeezed. Toss. Eat. Smile!  Option:  sometimes I add sliced grilled chicken, even store bought from the grocery counter. 🙂  This has become my healthy go-to lunch at least once a week!  Apologies for the side bar, but you NEEDED that simple salad recipe!

Arugula and Lime Pesto Pasta | A tangy and delicious combo for pesto! Add bacon, green peas, and make it your own! Yum! |

Limes.  In my mind I associate them with margaritas, tacos, sherbet, and Corona.  I’ve never seen a pasta recipe with the word “lime” in the description.  Are you intrigued yet?  This pesto was wonderful.  The lime flavor does come through and is a nice balance with the arugula.  For color and a bit of sweetness I added green peas, and for a bite of saltiness I crumbled some bacon and added it too.  I tried to find already diced pancetta and thought I’d do a quick saute and crisp it up, but the store was out!  Either one will be delicious when you enhance this already yummy Arugula and Lime Pesto!

Arugula and Lime Pesto Pasta | A tangy and delicious combo for pesto! Add bacon, green peas, and make it your own! Yum! |

So let’s celebrate all things that bring good luck (our Good Luck Pasta included) and serve something alternative to more traditional recipes like last year’s Bacon, Brussels Sprout, and Corned Beef Pasta.  However you choose to celebrate, know that I wish you all lots of luck…with your family, jobs, health, the lottery :), this month and every month of the year!


Arugula and Lime Pesto Pasta

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A pesto that surprises with a unique combo of arugula and lime! Delish! Recipe was adapted from


  • 1 14 oz. bag of Good Luck Pasta (or sub any short shape! Can use up to 16 ounces)
  • 4 cloves garlic, halved
  • 1 cup baby arugula
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, torn
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 10 oz. bag of green peas, thawed
  • 810 slices of bacon , cooked and crumbled
  • Shaved Parmesan for garnish


  1. In a food processor, add garlic clove halves and pulse until minced.
  2. Add arugula, basil, lime juice, oil, and salt.
  3. Blend until smooth.
  4. Mix in grated Parmesan.
  5. Cook pasta per package directions, saving 3/4 cup pasta water, then drain.
  6. Add pasta back to pot, add pesto and gently toss until pasta is coated.
  7. Add green peas and bacon and gently toss again.
  8. Serve immediately with shaved fresh Parmesan!
  9. Enjoy!


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  1. Helen D on January 4, 2019 at 6:26 pm

    Delicious! Love this pesto.

  2. Maddy M on October 19, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    This recipe looks great! Arugula is one of my favorite greens 🙂

  3. Henry on July 5, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    I tried this recipie before, and though it tasted great the first time around it was very strong. Four cloves of garlic is enough to kill a vampire, and the extra parmesan, along with the lime and arugula gave my family and I bad breath for hours afterwards. The sauce that I made was also a little runny, but that might have been me not measuring things properly.

    I tweaked the recipie a little bit for a cookout yesterday, so that it would taste a little milder. I only used two cloves of garlic, and I put in less parmesan. I also added some pine nuts, which not only gave the sauce a much thicker consistency (made it easier to mix into the pasta), it also added a milder flavor that counteracted the strong flavors of the lime and arugula and made the pasta a very enjoyable dish.

    I have yet to try it with bacon bits, but the pasta was enjoyable nonetheless.

    • carey on July 5, 2017 at 12:58 pm

      Great feedback! Yes, this is a stronger recipe…and the strength of the garlic can vary! Thanks for the idea of more pine nuts – can’t ever use too many! 🙂

      Glad you enjoyed the recipe and hope you’ll try more!

      • Henry on July 9, 2017 at 9:27 am

        I will, and I really want to try the healthy butternut squash mac n cheese recipie, that looks really good!

  4. Kathy B on March 16, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    What an interesting combination! I can’t wait to try it.

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