I’ve had this plant in my apartment overflowing with basil and just had to do something with it, so I thought pesto would be a perfect idea! I tried out a recipe that I got from a friend and after posting a picture of it on Instagram (you can follow me at @intrufashion), alot of people have been asking me about it, so I thought I’d share it on the blog. After a challenging start (I had some blender drama and couldn’t get the blade to spin. But my new hand blender came to the rescue), this recipe was pretty easy and really delicious. I used the pesto as a sauce for my pasta, but you can also mix it with some olive oil as a bread dipping appetizer, or use it as the sauce for your pizza.
1 bunch or medium bag of washed spinach
Several leaves of fresh basil for flavor
3/4 cup of chopped walnuts
3/4 cup of grated Parmesan
2 or more large cloves of garlic
- Pulse your processor thoroughly mince the contents together (you can also use a blender)
With the processor running, add extra virgin olive oil in a steady stream until you reach the desired consistency
- You can adjust flavors to your liking if you please- add more Parmesan, more garlic or basil to taste
Add lemon juice to freshen the flavors and preserve the color
You can store the pesto in a glass container in the fridge or you can also freeze it to have on hand. Drizzle some olive oil over the top to serve as an air barrier.