Spinach and Basil Pesto
In early summer, make this Spinach and Basil Pesto to stretch out your basil! And for pesto fans, this post also has Ten More Interesting Pesto Variations.
One of my favorite things about having a garden is Pesto, something I make many times every summer. Pesto is a great way to use and preserve huge bunches of basil, but this Spinach and Basil Pesto is something I make early in the summer when my basil is just starting to come on. (Later when I have a surplus of basil, I freeze some of the fresh basil for winter and make some into Basil Pesto with Lemon, which I also freeze.)
This double green pesto is delicious on grilled or sauteed vegetables, grilled chicken, fish, and even pasta. Of course, there are as many ways to make pesto as there are cooks who make it; check below to see more interesting pesto variations.
Is it important to follow the recipe to make pesto?
I think the proportions of equal amounts of spinach and basil is great in this recipe, but if you don’t have that many basil plants, you could use less basil. I like my pesto a bit heavy on the cheese and pine nuts compared to some people, but pesto is something that’s always easy to adapt to your own taste so have fun experimenting with this delicious combination.
How to Make Spinach and Basil Pesto:
(Scroll down for complete recipe with nutritional information.)
- Two cups of packed basil is a big salad spinner full; give the basil is good wash and spin dry.
- You’ll need 2 packed cups each of basil and spinach leaves (or adapt proportions to the amount of basil you have).
- Use the food processor to chop the spinach and basil, stirring a few times as needed to get it going.
- Then add the garlic, pine nuts, and Parmesan and process until it’s well blended.
- Finally, add the olive oil through the feed tube of the food processor and process until it’s as smooth as you’d like.
- That’s it! Make a big batch of pesto on the weekend and eat it on things all week long!
More Interesting Pesto Variations to Try:
Asparagus Pesto with Pasta ~ Simply Recipes
Chard and Garlic Scape Pesto ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Beet Pesto ~ A Veggie Venture
Sage-Pecan Pesto ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Artichoke Pesto ~ Fat Free Vegan Kitchen
Garlic Scape Pesto ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Dandelion Pesto ~ David Lebovitz
Broccoli Pesto ~ Family Fresh Cooking
Weekend Food Prep:
This recipe has been added to a new category called Weekend Food Prep to help you find recipes you can prep or cook on the weekend and eat during the week!
Nutritional information is based on 1/4 cup serving size. This recipe created by Kalyn when she had fresh basil and spinach in the fridge and a craving for pesto! Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 213Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 222mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 5g
Nutritional information is based on 1/4 cup serving size.
This recipe created by Kalyn when she had fresh basil and spinach in the fridge and a craving for pesto!
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Olive oil, pine nuts, and Parmesan cheese are all high in fat, but you don’t eat pesto in huge amounts. Eaten over vegetables, chicken, or fish, this would be acceptable for low-carb or low-glycemic diets or any phase of the South Beach Diet.
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