Pesto is basically a sauce made with garlic, basil and nuts blended with cheese and olive oil. For some reason I had always thought that pesto can only be made with basil and pine nuts. So I purchased pine nuts and was waiting to get my hands on basil, which was when I saw spinach pesto in few blogs. I also found out that walnuts can be used instead of pine nuts *sigh* wish I had known it earlier as both spinach and walnuts are always at home. Anyway the pesto was made and the pine nuts added a lot of creaminess to the pesto. We used it over pasta and also used it instead of cheese for sandwich. This recipe is from the cover of pine nuts and I replaced basil with spinach. I also added some green chillies for that extra punch which Indians love Off to ‘how pesto is made’.
Pesto with spinach and pine nuts.
- spinach - 2 cups - fresh (packed)
- pine nuts - 1/2 cup - roasted
- green chilly - 2
- garlic - 4 cloves
- parmesan cheese - 1/2 cup - grated
- olive oil - 2 - 3 tbsp
- salt - to taste
Dry roast the pine nuts and blend with other ingredients.
Toss with cooked pasta.
Dry roast the pine nuts.
Take the pine nuts in a blender.
Add spinach, green chillies, garlic, parmesan, olive oil and salt to the pine nuts and make a paste.
I added 2 tbsp olive oil initially but the blender blades did not move at all. So had to add another tbsp of olive oil.
Spinach Pesto ready. How simple was that and I was postponing this for months .. huh. We had it over penne pasta for dinner. The pesto was rich and creamy and added a lot of flavor to the pasta.
I also sauteed some vegetables and added to the pasta.
The first picture was uploaded on 5/1/2013.
1. Pesto freezes well.
2. Use walnuts instead of pine nuts
3. Use basil instead of spinach.