This post is dedicated to my youngest daughter. When I made Spesto for dinner the other night she asked “Mommy, is this going to be on your blog?” Bing! Here it is.
My girls love pasta…and they love pesto. Around here we like to make our own pesto. In the summer I grow massive amounts of basil, so there is no shortage for making pesto. But, when I went to make a batch recently – no basil. What to do? Why not substitute something else for the basil…spinach. Here’s how.
2 handfuls of spinach
1-2 cloves of garlic
1/4 cup of pine nuts (I actually have almonds in the picture because we ran out of pine nuts!)
1/2 cup parmasean cheese
2-3 tsp of olive oil
salt and pepper
1. add spinach, garlic, cheese and pine nuts to a food processor – pulse until ingredients are chopped and combined
2. add olive oil, salt and pepper – pulse until spesto is smooth
3. in the meantime boil, drain and return pasta to pot
4. add spesto to the pot of pasta – the warm pasta will gently heat the spesto
5. plate and enjoy
Kids eating spinach what could be better than that? This whips up in minutes, it’s an quick, easy, delicious recipe. It’s just so awesome that my girls request Spesto…a name they came up with on their own. Hope they like this post? We’ll see.