Rating: 4.65 stars
23 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 16
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0

Not your usual pesto. Everyone will be surprised when they learn the secret ingredients.

Recipe Summary test

prep:
10 mins
total:
10 mins
Servings:
16
Yield:
2 cups
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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Mix the spinach, pecans, garlic, Parmesan cheese, and lemon juice in the bowl of a food processor; stream the olive oil into the mixture as it blends. Season with salt and pepper.

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Nutrition Facts

113 calories; protein 2.5g; carbohydrates 1.2g; fat 11.1g; cholesterol 4.4mg; sodium 82.4mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (20)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
10/25/2010
I'm the author of the recipe to answer some questions...You do not need a full 1/2 cup of EVOO...use to your desired consistency. I use shredded parm (either fresh shredded or pre-shredded) not the sprinkle stuff in the can. Lastly, salt and pepper are both to taste. I use a Sea Salt grinder and fresh ground black pepper. You can also freeze in a ice cube tray for later use. Thanks for checking out my recipe:) Read More
(23)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/06/2010
Had a good flavor but was difficult to make since my food processor is small and I couldn't stream in the oil until I transferred it to a blender. Probably won't make again because of that but it was tasty. Read More
(5)
23 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 16
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
10/25/2010
I'm the author of the recipe to answer some questions...You do not need a full 1/2 cup of EVOO...use to your desired consistency. I use shredded parm (either fresh shredded or pre-shredded) not the sprinkle stuff in the can. Lastly, salt and pepper are both to taste. I use a Sea Salt grinder and fresh ground black pepper. You can also freeze in a ice cube tray for later use. Thanks for checking out my recipe:) Read More
(23)
Rating: 5 stars
06/01/2010
Excellent recipe when you need to be a little creative. I live in a place where pine nuts and basil are hard to come by. Using spinach leaves and pecans worked perfectly for me! Thanks! Read More
(11)
Rating: 4 stars
08/17/2009
At first I was a little bit skeptical about pesto without basil leaves. But this was a pleasant surprise! It tasted great! And it's a lot cheaper than buying basil! I would recommend adding a little oregano too. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/11/2010
I thought this was great and my wife who says she does not like Pesto sauce said she loved it. I made it exactly as stated only I used frozen spinich and soy nuts because of nut allergies. So easy So quick delicious. Read More
(7)
Rating: 4 stars
09/03/2010
Delicious! Great way to use up fresh spinach. I used walnuts instead of pecans (since I had those on hand) and it was great! Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
04/12/2010
Great recipe! Mild yet fairly flavorful. Very easy to make. I minced the garlic before adding to the food processor for fear of getting a chunk of raw garlic in the sauce. Thanks for posting! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/28/2010
I followed all the directions/ingredients except I only had almonds on hand. Still turned out great and super easy:) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/07/2010
I was looking for something to do with my extra fresh spinach this was just the thing. Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
08/11/2009
Great recipe! Very flavorful. I used pine nuts instead of pecans and I'm glad I did. Also I chopped the spinach by hand instead of using the food processor and mixed everything else in separately though I doubt that it made a difference. My only tip would be to use a little less olive oil. I did and I think it gave it a less slimy texture. Read More
(5)
Rating: 3 stars
07/06/2010
Had a good flavor but was difficult to make since my food processor is small and I couldn't stream in the oil until I transferred it to a blender. Probably won't make again because of that but it was tasty. Read More
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