Rocket and Goats Cheese Pesto Pasta

Rocket pesto is a good way to use and store a glut of rocket which can be made into a meal at a later date.You can freeze rocket pesto in an ice cube tray or keep it in the fridge in a jar with a layer of olive oil poured over the top of it. The oil should keep it fresh for a couple weeks.

I'm really rubbish at growing things in my garden, apart from rocket. I'm brilliant at growing rocket. Last year one small pack of seeds produced an abundant harvest. This year, despite not planting a single seed, I have a magnificent crop of rocket which has taken over an entire bed.

There's only so much rocket you can add to your salads and sandwiches, but it pains me to see something which I (sort of) grew with my own bare hands go to waste. So I made rocket pesto using hard goats cheese instead of parmesan.

Rocket pesto has quite a strong bitter flavour, which you can counteract with a dollop of crème fraîche or cream. My kids were not keen on this at all but hubby loved it. Next time I think I would throw in some cooked chicken.

Rocket and Goats Cheese Pesto Pasta

  • Serves:  4
  • Time:  10 minutes, start to finish
  • Cost:  53p per serving
  • Calories:  523 per serving


  • 50g rocket, washed
  • 25g hard goats cheese
  • 25g pine nuts, lightly toasted in a hot pan
  • Half a clove garlic, crushed (optional)
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • Squeeze of lemon juice (optional)
  • 400g dried pasta, cooked, to serve
  • Extra goats cheese and rocket to garnish (optional)
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  1. Put the rocket, goats cheese, toasted pine nuts, garlic, olive oil and lemon juice in a food processor. Blitz until the mixture resembles a smooth green paste. Season to taste (go easy on the salt as the cheese it quite salty) and blitz again. 
  2. Add a squeeze more lemon and garlic if you like, I find raw garlic is quite overpowering so I just add a little. If you find the consistency of the rocket pesto to thick, add some more oil. Blitz again, and taste again.
  3. Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the packet (you can make the pesto while the pasta is cooking to save time). Stir the rocket pesto through your drained cooked pasta and serve with a little extra cheese and rocket on top if you like.