I love to add spinach to my pesto, it gives it a sweet freshness and makes the color POP even more! A jar of freshly made pesto makes a great hostess gift. I love to serve this on a block of cream cheese with some nice sundried tomatoes on top or on some homemade pasta!


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Makes 1 jar

You will need:
1/3 cup California shelled pistachios
3 cloves of garlic
1/2 cup grated parmesan
1 cup packed fresh basil, stems and all
1/3 cup packed fresh spinach
3/4 cup olive oil
  1. Toast the pistachios at 400F in a dry pan until golden. About 5 minutes. Allow to cool.
  2. Add pistachios, garlic and parmesan to a blender or processor and blend for 1 minute.
  3. Add basil, spinach and oil and blend until smooth. If the pesto looks a bit dry just add some more oil.
  4. Store in a clean jar. Keeps in the fridge for 2 weeks.

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I love to add spinach to my pesto, it gives it a sweet freshness and makes the color POP even more! A jar of freshly made pesto makes a great hostess gift. I love to serve this on a block of cream cheese with some nice sundried tomatoes on top or on some homemade pasta!
Photography by Paul Lowe

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