This 5 Minute Spinach Walnut Pesto is another delicious way to get your greens! It's a put-on-everything sauce - vegetables, steak, chicken, chops, pasta, seafood, eggs, pizza, you name it! As the holiday season quickly approaches, having quick and easy, versatile recipes at hand are a must.
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How to Make Pesto
Pestos are those year-round simple sauces that give whatever you're pouring it over or drizzling it on a whole new dimension. As long as you're armed with a quality food processor, you can whiz one of these up in no time.
Fresh baby spinach and fragrant toasted walnuts sync up perfectly with the other pesto usual suspects of basil, parsley, garlic, parmesan and lemon. You can always substitute different greens, herbs and nuts.
The result is a gluten-free, keto-friendly, creamy, nutty, zesty, garlicky sauce that screams fresh flavor. Enjoy!
More Pesto Ideas to Try!
And delicious ways to use them!
- Skillet Breakfast Pesto Pizza
- Four Cheese Veggie & Pesto Stuffed Shells
- Basil Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Tortellini Salad
- Creamy Chicken & Pesto Stuffed Mini Peppers
- Balsamic Roasted Root Vegetables
5 Minute Spinach Walnut Pesto
- 2 ounces baby spinach leaves , about 2 packed cups
- ½ cup toasted walnuts , roughly chopped
- ⅓ cup parmesan cheese , freshly grated
- ¼ cup flat-leaf parsley
- ¼ cup fresh basil
- 1 garlic clove , peeled and roughly chopped
- 1 lemon , juice and zest
- ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
- ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
- Salt and pepper , to taste
- Add spinach, walnuts, parmesan, parsley, basil, garlic, lemon juice, zest and red pepper flakes to the bowl of a food processor. Pulse a few times to combine mixture.
- Scrape sides with a spatula. With machine running, slowly drizzle in the olive oil.
- Pulse for desired texture. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Makes approximately 1 ¼ cups.
- Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Bring to room temperature before serving.
*Republished post with updated photos.
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