Here is a simple pasta that is hardy and delicious! Spinach pesto is very green and festive. Typically Pesto is made with basil, but believe me you won’t be able to tell the difference. 😉
What makes this dish so EASY is the food processor does all the work. Now I know a bunch of us have these machines in our cabinets. Perhaps we got them from a wedding registry and they are still sitting in the box they came in. You might be wondering what to do with yours…What to make? Well, pesto is the answer.
- 1/4 – 1/2 bag of Spinach Leaves
- 1/4 cup Olive Oil
- 1-2 Cloves Garlic (cut in half)
- 2 teaspoons of toasted pine nuts (to toast the pine nuts heat in a dry fry pan on low until they slightly brown.)
- 1/8 cup of grated parmesan cheese
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
In a food processor add in the spinach leaves. Pulse several times to roughly chop them. Next, add in your garlic. The number of cloves depends on how much you LOVE garlic. I like to break my garlic in half before putting it in so it blends in easier. Pulse a couple more times bringing the garlic and spinach to a fine grind. Next drizzle in your olive oil turning the processor on low. This should start to emulsify the spinach and garlic together. Add in your pine nuts and cheese. If the pesto feels thick add more olive oil. Sprinkle in 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Crack some pepper and give a quick taste. If it tastes a little bland it may need more salt.
Drain your pasta leaving it a little wet. This will help marry the two together. Begin to spoon in the spinach pesto.
Stir it together and your dish will turn into a green winter wonderland. That was easy. Sprinkle some parmesan on top and you are ready to EAT! If you have some vine ripened tomatoes you can dice them up and add them too.
I hope you enjoy this tasty pesto pasta!