I like pesto made with basil, but that wonderfully, fresh, aromatic herb is so expensive and I have not the patience to grow it myself. While I made this recipe 2-3 times at work, I adapted it for home. It’s a fast, cheap simple healthy recipe to make. While it’s creamier than actual basil pesto you’ll be cleaning the bowl. Feel free to use this as a snack or a sauce for your healthy pastas.
1/2 cup toasted pine nuts or walnuts (optional)
2 large garlic cloves
4 cups tightly packed fresh spinach
1/2 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
(or nutritional yeast if you’re vegan)
1/2 to 3/4 cup extra virgin Olive oil
TT – Salt
TT – Pepper
Water, as needed
Place all ingredients, except oil, in a food processor or your Vitamix and blend until combined but still containing some texture.
With the blender/processor still running, drizzle the oil in slowly and blend until smooth. Add water to thin the mixture if it’s too thick – spinach pesto will be thick. Adjust seasonings and refrigerate.