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Spinach Basil Pesto

A jar of spinach basil pesto with a spoon in it.

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This Spinach Basil Pesto is the perfect condiment for your pasta, chicken, or seafood! It is creamy, flavorful, easy to prepare, and delicious on top of most dishes! Add a flavor boost to your meals with this homemade pesto that comes together in under 5 minutes!

Ingredients

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  • 1 cup fresh basil
  • 1 1/2 cups spinach
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts (see note)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese (optional)
  • Big pinch of salt and pepper
  • Red pepper flakes, to taste
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 12 tablespoons warm water

Instructions

  1. Add all of the ingredients except the olive oil and water to a food processor or a high-speed blender. Pulse until finely chopped. With the motor running, drizzle in the olive oil. If needed you can add in a tablespoon of hot water as needed to make a smooth pesto. Taste and adjust seasoning.
  2. Use immediately or store for up to 1 week in a tightly sealed container.

Notes

You can substitute the pine nuts for another nut like slivered almonds or cashews.

Can’t have nuts? Check out this Nut-Free Pesto Recipe.

Recipe originally published in 2013, and republished with new photographs in 2020.

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