Saturday, June 11, 2011

Spinach Pesto

For someone that usually likes her pasta typically with red sauce (marinara for you foodies out there), deciding to make pesto was a big step. Don't get me wrong, I like pesto in limited quantities but the basil pestos I've tried are so strong and overpowering, I usually can't eat more than a few forkfuls of pasta/pesto combination. 

I had a bunch of fresh spinach in the fridge that needed to be used and I was bored with my usual spinach creations like keera kootu or palak paneer. I recall watching Giada make a spinach pesto on TV sometime back and thought why not. I had pizza dough thawing on the counter and I was already mentally checking off all the ingredients one would need for a pesto prepation.  I also imagined it would take less than 10 minutes to conjure up.  PIzza with homemade spinach pesto! Friday night dinner!


  • 2 cups fresh spinach, washed
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan
  • 1/2 cup toasted walnuts (pine nuts if you have them but dang, they're expensive!)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • (optional) few basil leaves

1.  Toss everything in the food processor and blend to a thick consistency

I have a mini food processor that doesn't allow me to stream in the olive oil, which is technically how you make pesto. But hey, the end result turned out fantastic so maybe it doesn't really matter?

2. Adjust seasoning to taste.


The varieties are endless... use on crackers, dip for veggies, topping for pizza, toss with pasta.......

I had mine on pizza with a nice cold glass of Rosé.


  1. Looks great D!
    Will ask mom to try it out

  2. hahaha your "usual" has become my "adventure".. made palak paneer the other day and was excited about how well it came out :) Will have to look for parmesan for this recipe..

  3. Aarti- LOL I dont make palak paneer all that often.. I make the palak with masala but dont buy paneer too often

  4. i make it with soya paneer which is readily available in the store here.. if you fry it for a minute, it retains its structure and is a really good alternate for paneer. i have a few dish pics myself done this week which i'll be sure to send your way ;)

  5. That looks great! I'm with you on not liking basil pesto in large quantities, but I love spinach! I'll have to try this. :)

  6. Becky- The spinach cuts the overpowering basil taste and keeps it fresh. I suppose you could add a bit of lemon juice at the end too... let me know how you like it.


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