Roasted Spring Vegetables with Arugula Pesto

June 21, 2016

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Roasted Spring Vegetables with Arugula Pesto

Guest writer: Mary Eloisa, LPCC, NC from Eating With Reverence.

A four-course Spring/Summer meal from the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market.

Course #2

The Recipe


Adapted from Eating Well.


Roasted Vegetables

  • 4 cups baby or new potatoes, 1 to 2 inches in diameter, halved or quartered depending on size
  • 5 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 4 cups baby carrots
  • 1 bunch asparagus, trimmed and cut into thirds
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup baby arugula for garnish

Arugula Pesto

  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 5 cups baby arugula
  • 1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Position rack in upper and lower thirds of oven; preheat to 425°F.
  2. Toss potatoes with 2 teaspoons oil in a large bowl and spread on a large baking sheet.
  3. Roast in the lower third of the oven for 5 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, toss carrots with 2 teaspoons oil in the bowl and spread on another large baking sheet.
  5. After the potatoes have roasted for 5 minutes, place the carrots in the upper third of the oven and roast potatoes and carrots for 15 minutes.
  6. Toss asparagus with the remaining 1 teaspoon oil in the bowl. Add to the pan with the potatoes, toss to combine and return to the oven.
  7. Continue roasting until all the vegetables are tender and starting to brown, 8 to 10 minutes more.
  8. Meanwhile, drop garlic through the feed tube of food processor with the motor running; process until minced.
  9. Stop the machine and add arugula, cheese, pine nuts, 1/4 cup oil and 1/4 teaspoon salt.
  10. Pulse and then process, scraping down the sides as necessary, until the mixture is a smooth paste.
  11. Toss the roasted vegetables with 1/3 cup pesto and 1/2 teaspoon salt in the large bowl (reserve the remaining pesto for another use: refrigerate for up to 1 week or freeze).
  12. Transfer to a serving dish and garnish with arugula, if desired.

Click here to get Course #1: Roasted Beet Salad with Fried Goat Cheese Croutons

Click here to get Course #3: Pork Chops with Rhubarb Sauce

Click here to get Course #4: Raspberry Chile Thumbprint Cookies

This locally inspired recipe is brought to you by Pam Walker. Pam is an avid home cook, writer, and local farm and food activist who is also a board member of the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market Institute. Thank you, Pam, for helping inspire us to use locally sourced ingredients!