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.