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Spinach Pesto

Spinach Pesto – Made with just a handful of everyday ingredients including fresh spinach and parmesan cheese, this healthy sauce goes great with pasta, chicken, veggies, and much more!

Spinach Pesto - Made with just a handful of everyday ingredients including fresh spinach and parmesan cheese, this healthy sauce goes great with pasta, chicken, veggies, and much more! Get the recipe on diethood.com

A.K.A. How I take care of about-to-wilt spinach.

Hi Hey Friends! How goes it?

I have one thing to say… whoa whoa whoa! What a week!

You guys, the flu knocked me out for 5 days. FIVE! I couldn’t even get myself to open up my laptop… that should certainly tell you exactly how bad this bug was. BLAH!

I’m quite confident it was mostly related to the whole 70-degree weather last week and the 30-degree SNOW weather only 4 days later. Mother Nature??? AS IF!

Naturally, to combat all the nastiness, I overdosed on all things green, spinach and kale being at the top of my list and Lime Margaritas waaaay down at the bottom. *Insert crying emoji*

Spinach Pesto - Made with just a handful of everyday ingredients including fresh spinach and parmesan cheese, this healthy sauce goes great with pasta, chicken, veggies, and much more! Get the recipe on diethood.com

BUT! The good news is that I feel so much better today and I can’t even tell you how happy I am to say that. I’m a bit dramatic so no matter how small or big any symptoms are, in my head, I’m dying. The smallest throat itch has me thinking I’ve got the plague. Headaches? That’s a trip to the ER.

I said I was dramatic.

On a happier note, we get to spread spinach on toast! OR toss it in pasta. YAY for US!

Spinach Pesto - Made with just a handful of everyday ingredients including fresh spinach and parmesan cheese, this healthy sauce goes great with pasta, chicken, veggies, and much more! Get the recipe on diethood.com

HOW TO MAKE SPINACH PESTO

The story with this Spinach Pesto is first and foremost all about, that’s right, spinach.

One of the many very offending smells, according to me, is that of wilted spinach. It’s awful! Right? Can’t.stand.it.

Thus, for the love of fragrant spinach and healthy spreads, our remedy is pesto. Spinach Pesto, that is. Yes, the original gangsta is Basil Pesto, but this guy is just as good. Trust.

Spinach Pesto - Made with just a handful of everyday ingredients including fresh spinach and parmesan cheese, this healthy sauce goes great with pasta, chicken, veggies, and much more! Get the recipe on diethood.com

This is so easy, I can’t even BUHlieve I’m calling it a “recipe”. But it IS!

ENJOY!

Spinach Pesto - Made with just a handful of everyday ingredients including fresh spinach and parmesan cheese, this healthy sauce goes great with pasta, chicken, veggies, and much more! Get the recipe on diethood.com

Spinach Pesto

Katerina | Diethood
Made with just a handful of everyday ingredients including fresh spinach and parmesan cheese, this healthy sauce goes great with pasta, chicken, veggies, and much more!
5 from 1 vote
Servings : 8 servings
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 3 mins
Total Time 5 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups baby spinach leaves
  • 1/4- cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4- cup fresh parsley
  • 1/2- cup chopped walnuts OR pine nuts
  • 1/2- cup parmesan cheese
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2- teaspoon lemon zest
  • salt and fresh ground pepper , to taste
  • 1/3- cup extra virgin olive oil (use more or less for desired consistency)

Instructions
 

  • Combine all ingredients in a food processor; process until smooth, scraping the sides of the bowl with a spatula as necessary.
  • Taste for seasoning and adjust accordingly.
  • If you prefer a thinner consistency, add more extra virgin olive oil and process until combined.
  • Transfer to a jar with a lid.
  • Keep in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Nutrition

Serving: 2 tablespoons | Calories: 156 kcal | Carbohydrates: 2 g | Protein: 3 g | Fat: 15 g | Saturated Fat: 2 g | Cholesterol: 4 mg | Sodium: 107 mg | Potassium: 94 mg | Vitamin A: 950 IU | Vitamin C: 5.9 mg | Calcium: 95 mg | Iron: 0.7 mg | Net Carbs: 2 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Condiments
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: homemade pesto, spinach recipes
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13 comments on “Spinach Pesto”

  1. Can this be frozen? Without the cheese? Just the olive oil? Add when thawed the cheese,nuts? It sounds so good, when spinach is ready!

  2. I made this and added 1 small ripe avocado to the mix. ABSOLUTELY delish. Had it with some leftover shredded lemon chicken and some quartered cherry tomatoes over fettuccine miracle noodles. GREAT!!!!

    1. Katerina - Diethood
      Katerina Petrovska

      Hi!
      That would be 2 tablespoons. I just updated the recipe with the new weight watchers points and serving size. Thank you for letting me know that it was no longer there! 🙂

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    Laura Dembowski

    I’m so glad you are feeling better, Kate! This pesto looks so happy and perfect for spring.

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    The Steaming Pot

    Haven’t made pesto with spinach ever before. Sounds delicious. And your photos are lovely!

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    Sabrina Modelle

    This just looks so perfect, Katerina. I love spinach pesto even more than basil pesto (I know, I know… blasphemy).
    I love the addition of ricotta, too!

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