One of my coworkers inspired this post, and she doesn’t even know it. She mentioned that she was looking for pesto sauce at the store one day and couldn’t find it. I told her she could make her own. I have no idea if she actually did, but my own advice stuck with me. I’ve never made pesto sauce, so it was only right if I tried making it myself. After all, I did suggest it to her, blindly.
So, I made it. And it was delicious. Yes, it’s a green sauce. This may scare people. However, the flavors are amazing. It’s garlicy, slightly spicy, and it has just a hint of cheese. This is the perfect mate for pasta. I love red sauce, don’t get me wrong. Sometimes you just want something a little different than red pasta sauce. This is the perfect go-to for that need. So, if you are looking for an easy pasta sauce, this is it. It doesn’t require any weird ingredients, and you can spice it up however you want. This recipe is perfect for 2 servings of pasta, so increase or decrease the amount of ingredients as you need to.
This recipe took me less than 10 minutes from start to finish. The first step is to measure out 4 cups of spinach and placing them into the bowl of a food processor. If you don’t have a food processor a blender will also work well.
Pulse the baby spinach in the food processor, or blend it in a blender, until the baby spinach is fine. Add in the oil, garlic, and spices and pulse or blend again until completely smooth. Feel free to add more spices to meet your own tastes.
Pour the pesto into a bowl and stir in the Parmesan cheese. Make sure it is well incorporated.
Place your cooked pasta into the bowl with the pesto. Make sure the pasta is hot and well drained. Toss with the pesto so all the pasta is coated well. You can top with additional cheese if you would like.
This pesto is really delicious! It is full of flavor and light on calories. I made ours a little spicier, and it really livened up the pasta. Also, the garlic in this pesto is delicious, and it also goes great with the spinach and pasta. If you like pesto or you have never tried it, you will love this recipe. It’s so simple to make, and requires very few ingredients. When you are looking for something different than red pasta sauce, give this recipe a try! You won’t regret it.
Spinach and Garlic Pesto
Total calories: 376
- 4 cups baby spinach
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1/4 cup grated or shredded parmesan cheese
- 1 ½ tsp minced garlic
- ½ tsp crushed red pepper (or more to taste)
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Pulse the baby spinach in a food processor until fine. You can also use a blender for this.
- Add in the oil, garlic, and spices and pulse again until completely smooth. Pour pesto into a bowl and stir in the Parmesan cheese.
- Add hot, cooked and drained pasta to the pesto and stir well to cover the pasta. Top with additional cheese if you desire.