Spinach Basil Pesto
Spinach, basil, lemon juice, lemon zest, garlic, and Parmesan cheese work together in this tasty pesto recipe.
Perfection. I was a little wary because other reviewers mentioned this tasting a little 'earthy' because of all of the spinach. I was also worried because once I blended mine all up the mixture only smelt of spinach. I had made this in the afternoon and stuck it in the fridge for a few hours. Once it came time for dinner it smelled much more like pesto. Actually one of the best pestos I've even had, this is one for the recipe books!
This basic homemade pesto is a delicious mix of basil and spinach blended with extra-virgin olive oil, pine nuts, and garlic plus Parmesan cheese.
Pecans stand in for the traditional pine nuts in this variation of pesto.
I forgot to add the lemon zest and I although I love garlic, I might use just 3 cloves next time. This pesto made a great addition to my whole wheat pasta with sauteed onion & red pepper. I'm sure I'll be using this recipe again and again!
How delicious! I have never made pesto sauce before, so this was my first attempt and it was exquisite! Finding at the last minute that I did not have pine nuts, I looked up on the internet to find a suitable substitute, and finding almonds were appropriate (and I had them) I used almonds. They cut up beautifully in the food processor and I have some left over which I am going to freeze for another treat some summer evening! I highly recommend it!
My husband, daughter, in-laws and neighbors all love this recipe! I subbed almonds for pine nuts and added spinach I reached my desired consistency. I've served this over pasta and also as pizza sauce (with a touch of cream cheese added). It's very quick and I usually have all the ingredients on hand.