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Spinach Pesto Recipe

Spinach Pesto Recipe

Serve this vibrant pesto on pasta, pizza, sandwiches and more. If you don’t have fresh oregano on hand, you can omit it. Susan Westerfield — Albuquerque, New Mexico
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min. YIELD:16 servings


  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 2 cups loosely packed basil leaves
  • 1 cup grated Romano cheese
  • 2 tablespoons fresh oregano
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • Hot cooked pasta


  • 1. Place the first six ingredients in a food processor; cover and pulse until chopped. Add the walnuts, lemon juice and peel; cover and process until blended. While processing, gradually add oil in a steady stream.
  • 2. Serve desired amount of pesto with pasta. Transfer remaining sauce to ice cube trays. Cover and freeze for up to 1 month.
  • 3. To use frozen pesto: Thaw in the refrigerator for 3 hours. Serve with pasta. Yield: 2 cups.

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoons (calculated without pasta) equals 177 calories, 18 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 8 mg cholesterol, 205 mg sodium, 1 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.