Spinach Basil Pesto


This spinach pesto sauce is perfect for freezing in an ice cube tray. I just pop out a couple of cubes from the freezer and add them to a pasta dish for a quick and easy meal. The Parmesan cheese can be omitted and added after thawing.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins


  • 1 ½ cups baby spinach leaves

  • ¾ cup fresh basil leaves

  • ½ cup toasted pine nuts

  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and quartered

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest

  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  1. Place spinach, basil, pine nuts, Parmesan cheese, 2 tablespoons olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, salt, lemon zest, and pepper into a food processor; blend until nearly smooth, scraping the sides of the bowl with a spatula as necessary.

    overhead of basil pesto ingredients in food processor

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  2. Drizzle remaining olive oil into the mixture while processing until smooth.

    overhead of basil pesto in food processor

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  3. Enjoy!

    looking down at a bowl of spinach basil pesto with a wooden spoonful resting on top



Pour any pesto you aren't using immediately into an ice cube tray, cover with plastic wrap, and store in the freezer.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

67 Calories
7g Fat
1g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 67
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 2mg 1%
Sodium 87mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 1mg 7%
Calcium 25mg 2%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 37mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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