Arugula Pesto Cavatappi with Cherry Tomatoes

Number of Servings: 6 (186g)
Active Time: 10 min.
Total Time: 20 min.

Although you can also use whatever pasta you have on hand, cavatappi’s corkscrew shape is perfect for holding on to a fresh pesto and pairing with cherry tomatoes. Arugula brings a spicy, musty bite to pesto. If that’s not your sauce, feel free to swap in your favorite leafy green or herb.

Tip: The color and shape of this dish make it brilliant for kids, but be warned, the garlic and arugula combination is pretty sharp. If your young ones prefer milder flavors, swap in spinach and use a clove of roasted garlic instead of raw.


  • Pesto:

    • 5 cups arugula
    • 2 oz. grated Parmesan cheese
    • ¼ cup pine nuts, toasted
    • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
    • ¾ tsp. salt
    • ¼ tsp. pepper
    • 1 clove garlic, minced
    • ⅓ cup water
    • 2 Tbsp. olive oil

    Remaining Ingredients:

    • 1 lb. cavatappi pasta
    • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
    • 2 Tbsp. pine nuts, toasted


  1. Combine pesto ingredients in a food processor or blender and process to reach the desired texture.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain.
  3. Toss pesto, pasta, and tomatoes together in a large bowl. Sprinkle pine nuts over pasta to serve.

Nutrition Facts

6 servings per container

Serving Size 186g

Amount per serving
Calories 410
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13.5g 18%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3.5g
Monounsaturated Fat 5.5g
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Sodium 420mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 59g 21%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 5g
Includes 0g Added Sugars 0%
Sugar Alcohol 0g
Other Carbohydrate 2g
Protein 15g
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 103.1mg 8%
Iron 3.5mg 15%
Potassium 275mg 6%
Vitamin A 66.3mcg 8%
Vitamin C 11.6mg 15%
Vitamin E 1.8mg 15%
Vitamin K 37.1mcg 30%
Thiamin 0.6mg 50%
Riboflavin 0.3mg 25%
Niacin 5.7mg 40%
Vitamin B6 0.1mg 6%
Folate 196.2mcg 49%
Vitamin B12 0.1mcg 4%
Biotin 2.2mcg 6%
Chloride 154.5mg 6%
Pantothenate 0.2mg 0%
Phosphorus 115.6mg 10%
Iodine 0mcg 0%
Magnesium 40.6mg 10%
Zinc 1mg 10%
Selenium 2.5mcg 6%
Copper 0.2mg 20%
Manganese 0.9mg 40%
Chromium 0.4mcg 0%
Molybdenum 5.3mcg 10%

* The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


Cavatappi Pasta (durum Wheat Semolina, Vitamins (niacin, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Iron (ferrous Lactate)), Tomatoes, Arugula, Water, Pine Nuts, Parmesan Cheese ((pasteurized Part-skim Cow's Milk, Cheese Cultures, Salt, Enzymes), Cellulose Powder Added To Prevent Caking, Potassium Sorbate To Protect Flavor), Olive Oil, Lemon Juice, Salt, Garlic, Black Pepper.

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