A Spinach-Basil Pesto that is not only delicious but also more nutritious thanks to the addition of the spinach. It’s a nut-free pesto that is super easy to make! Toss it with pasta or as a topping for fish. Trust me. It transforms cod, which can be bland, into something wonderful. Just spread an even layer over the top of the fish, then bake until cooked through. So yummy!
I also tossed a little bit of this Spinach-Basil Pesto into the cooked basmati rice I served with the cod, and it was SO much better than just plain rice. You could also use this as a sandwich spread if you want. It would be delicious on a panini. Stir a little bit into a bowl of white bean soup for a huge boost of flavor. See, there so many options for using this nut-free pesto!
Not only does homemade pesto taste better, but you can avoid all those unhealthy ingredients that you find in the storebought ones. You get to control what goes in and avoid nasty ingredients like soybean oil. Even if it touts extra virgin olive oil on the label, it’s most likely mixed with another type of oil. And when a recipe is as easy as this nut-free Spinach-Basil Pesto, there’s no need to buy a jar.
You can use this Spinach-Basil Pesto right away or refrigerate it and use within 5 days. Be sure to store it in an airtight container like a small mason jar.
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This Spinach-Basil Pesto is delicious tossed with pasta, but also makes a great topping for baked fish. Stir a little into Italian-style soups for a boost in flavor or as a sandwich spread.
- 2 cups packed baby spinach
- 1 cup packed fresh basil
- 1 medium clove garlic, minced
- 1/3 cup freshly grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese (Italian parmesan cheese)
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/8 tsp fine sea salt
In the bowl of a food processor, add the basil, spinach, Parmesan cheese, and garlic; season with salt. Pulse until finely chopped. With the machine running, add the olive oil in a steady stream through the feed tube, stopping to scrape down the sides as needed. Process until the mixture reaches your desired consistency of smoothness.
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