Pesto has to be one of summer’s best condiments. It’s easy to make, tastes fresh and lively, and adds pizzaz to practically any dish imaginable. This is actually my first time making pesto at home. This recipe stuck out to me and got me in the kitchen for two reasons 1) I practically always have all of these ingredients on hand at all times (i.e. no pine nuts!), so I can whip up a batch whenever I want and 2) I only ever have one basil plant which was pretty much completely bare after picking 1 cup from it. So, I love the fact that spinach makes up for half of the basil in this recipe, meaning I can actually make a decent amount of pesto without having hoards of basil around. As a result, this pesto isn’t as strong and intense as many pestos are, but it is uniquely flavourful in its own right and tastes just as pesto should – delicious! I’ll be making this often and using it in all my favourite recipes calling for pesto, because who can resist such delicious simplicity?
Need idea’s to use up that little bit of extra pesto? Spread it onto sandwiches, stir it into pasta, mix it into scrambled eggs, plop spoonfuls of it onto pizza before baking, or freeze it in ice-cube trays to use for later.
- 1 cup baby spinach
- 1 cup fresh basil
- 1 garlic clove, peeled
- ¼ cup walnuts
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 1 tablespoon water
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Puree all ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.
Adapted from Everyday Food, July/August 2012.