Almond, Herb, and Spinach Pesto

Almond, fresh herbs, and spinach make for a thick vitamin packed pesto that can be used on toast, in pasta sauce, on top of fish, or mixed into meatballs. And it's no secret we love a sauce with vibrant colors that is as delicious as it looks. There is a thicker consistency in this pesto because of the fresh spinach and almonds, making anything you add it to a little more decadent.

Prep time:
10 min.   |  
Cook time:
0 min.   |  
Total time:
10 min.   |  
Servings:
2 cups pesto

Ingredients:

  • 1 packed cup of spinach
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh flat leaf parsley
  • 2 cups fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup almonds or pine nuts (leave out for a nut free pesto) + more for garnish
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese (add in 1 Tbsp. extra if you are leaving out the nuts)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 large lemon, zest + juice
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil

Let's go:

  1. In a food processor, mix together all of the ingredients, except for the olive oil.
  2. Pulse until it becomes a thick green, cohesive mixture, about 1 minute. Scrape down the sides with a spatula as you go to ensure all is being mixed in evenly.
  3.  Add in the olive oil. Pulse again for 10-15 seconds, allowing it to become thicker, more sauce like. Add in more olive oil if its too dry.
  4. Reserve in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

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