BASIL AND BABY SPINACH PESTO

For a long time I caught myself in a food rut, I would make the same thing every other week and even though the food tasted good we were all getting a little bored. If I left it up to my 4 year old, he would eat pizza every night and not complain * then again, who would?!*. So I decided to try one new recipe every week to break up the monotony.

This week I though I would try this Basil Pesto recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction. I made a couple of changes because my poor little basil plant looked  a bit naked after I picked a cup’s worth of leaves 😀

I mixed the pesto with penne and grilled some chicken breasts, my son made a salad and we had a quick and easy dinner! It was very tasty and both kids thought it was so cool to eat alien green pasta 😀

Ingredients:

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  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1 cup fresh baby spinach leaves
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts (i used toasted walnuts)
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 3 cloves roasted garlic
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon each salt and fresh ground pepper

Directions:

  1. Blend the basil, spinach, pine nuts, cheese, and garlic together in a food processor or blender. Pour oil in slowly while still mixing (or a little at a time, then mix, then more oil, then mix again, etc). Scrape down the sides, then add lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Pulse until everything is blended together and relatively smooth. Taste and add more salt/pepper if desired.11059555_10155465329315431_1961515948782417702_o1522819_10155465329410431_2926072482058021621_o11141124_10155465329030431_1796391813302743001_o11008807_10155465329025431_6305651781852818019_o

I’m bringing this dish to Fiesta Friday hosted by  Dini @ Giramuk’s Kitchen and Mollie @ The Frugal Hausfrau 

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23 thoughts on “BASIL AND BABY SPINACH PESTO

  1. Lol!! Alien green pasta!! I think children like all kinds of bright food! Check out the sweets some of them eat!! Talking of sweets are you going add traditional Trinidadian sweet.. That would good for me to make one weekend.. After I make Jamaican ‘Poon’-pudding..

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  2. What a great way to stretch a little basil = I know exactly what you mean about little plants; here in MN we pretty much have to start over every year so I’m always stingy with it in the beginning of the summer. I bet the spinach tones it down enough for younger palates, too!

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  3. I love pesto!!! and what a coincidence! I’m having Pesto for dinner tonight too! 😀 I love how beautiful and bright green it has come out too… such a wonderful fresh condiment! I would only eat green things when I was young thinking it would give me super strength like Popeye! 😀 hahaha!!!
    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe 🙂 Happy FF Natasha!

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    1. Oh you made me laugh so loudly! When I was young I was also obsessed with eating green things to be like Popeye! Well it didn’t work, my muscles are still tiny hahaha! Enjoy your pesto tonight!! 😁

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