this spinach pesto sauce is healthy, delicious and extremely easy to make. it is the perfect sauce to have on your favorite pasta or elevate an avocado toast.
are you wanting to switch up your pasta night from a typical red sauce? or maybe you want to add more green color to your diet? or are you like me and just LOVE a good pesto sauce? well, if that's the case...this recipe has got you covered. spinach pesto sauce is an easy, low-maintenance recipe.
the hardest part of this recipe will be gathering all of the ingredients. with that said, you probably already have majority of them in your kitchen. once you have all of the ingredients, you can leave the rest of the work to your food processor (or blender).
frequently asked questions
yes, it sure can! this recipe can be made vegan/dairy-free by substituting the pecorino cheese for a vegan parmesan/similar cheese
pesto is typically made with the main ingredients as basil and pine nuts. however, i wanted to get creative and make a pesto that uses more common ingredients. i kept the basil as it makes such a nice flavor and then added spinach for some extra healthy nutrients. instead of pine nuts i used almonds since those are typically kept on hand in a household compared to pine nuts.
i love to mix this pesto sauce with pasta or add it to my avocado toasts. i explain at the end of this blog post how best to do that!
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spinach pesto sauce
- food processor
- 3 cups baby spinach
- 1 cup fresh basil
- ¼ cup almonds raw, whole
- 2 tbsp pecorino cheese
- ½ cup olive oil
- 1 whole lemon juice only
- pepper to taste
- salt to taste
- add your spinach, basil, almonds, olive oil, cheese and lemon juice into the food processor
- pulse consistently until fully combined
- taste and add salt and pepper to your taste. i found the recipe didn't need too much due to the cheese adding a salty aspect.
- pulse again until fully combined
- add to your favorite pasta or as a spread on a sandwich/avocado toast.
- pour into a mason jar or sealed container for storage.
- as always, enjoy!
how to make spinach pesto pasta
simply toss your pasta of choice in the pesto sauce. i suggest using ¼ cup of the pesto for 1 serving of pasta. for additional toppings, add chopped fresh basil, grated parmesan or sliced fresh tomatoes on top.
how to make spinach pesto avocado toast
all that you need to do for this recipe is to toast your toast to your liking and spread your spinach pesto sauce on top of the bread. add mashed or sliced avocado on top. next, finish the avocado toast with a dash of salt and pepper to taste. (another option would be to mix the pesto directly with mashed avocado)
some additional toppings that you can add are tomato slices, eggs or greens/sprouts.
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