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Spinach Basil Pesto

It takes only 5 minutes and just a few ingredients to make spinach basil pesto. This is the most versatile, delicious sauce around! It pairs well with so many different foods and I promise you won’t want to stop eating it!
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Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: how can I make pesto with basil
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 177.93kcal
Author: Megan Porta


  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • black pepper to taste


  • Place basil, spinach, garlic and pine nuts into a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. With food processor running, gradually add olive oil and process until smooth.
  • Transfer to a bowl and stir in Parmesan cheese. Season with salt and black pepper. Refrigerate until ready to serve.


Replace basil with 1 cup fresh parsley, 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves and 2 tablespoons fresh thyme.
Substitute finely chopped walnuts for pine nuts.
Add a squirt or two of lemon juice for an added bit of freshness.
For those of you with nut allergies, replace the nuts in the recipe with 3 tablespoons grated Pecorino Romano cheese!


Calories: 177.93kcal | Carbohydrates: 2.19g | Protein: 2.66g | Fat: 18.17g | Saturated Fat: 3.04g | Cholesterol: 5.38mg | Sodium: 248.62mg | Fiber: 0.38g | Sugar: 0.19g