When you have a bag of spinach about to go bad, whip up a batch of spinach pesto in just 5 minutes. Add it to sandwiches or fresh pasta for an easy meal.
Prep Time:5 mins
Cook Time:0 mins
Total Time:5 minutes
Yield:about 20 ounces 1x
Category:Sauces & Condiments
8 ounces spinach
3/4 cup cashews (any kind)
2 garlic cloves
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese (about 2 oz)
2 lemons, juiced and zested, divided
1/2 – 1 tsp salt
1/4 – 1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 cup quality olive oil
In a food processor or in a blender (I used the Twister Jar in my Blendtec), add the olive oil and two handfuls of the spinach and blend. Add additional spinach in subsequent batches, blending after each addition.
Add the cashews, garlic cloves, the juice and zest of one lemon, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1/4 tsp pepper. Blend.
Add the Parmesan cheese and blend. Taste and add additional salt, pepper, lemon juice and/or lemon zest as desired. I personally like the lemon flavor, so I end up adding the full amount of lemon juice, lemon zest, salt, and pepper.
Blend until all ingredients are incorporated well. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.