Rating: 4.5 stars
55 Ratings
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  • 4 star values: 16
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 1

Light, yet full of flavor, this pesto is perfect tossed with hot spaghetti for a quick dinner. It is also excellent as a pizza sauce or smeared on hot French bread. It freezes well to preserve the bounty of summer basil.

Recipe Summary

15 mins
30 mins
15 mins
6 servings


Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook spaghetti at a boil until cooked through but firm to the bite, about 12 minutes; drain. Transfer spaghetti to a large bowl.

  • Put cubed Romano cheese in the bowl of a food processor; process until coarsely grated, about 30 seconds. Put garlic into the food processor and process until the cheese and garlic are combined. Add spinach, basil, walnuts, lemon juice, lemon zest, and salt; process until the mixture comes together into a thick paste. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula.

  • With food processor running, drizzle olive oil into the mixture. Continue processing until the oil is integrated smoothly.

  • Pour sauce over spaghetti and toss to coat.

Cook's Note:

If you have an abundance of basil, this can be made with 3 cups of loosely packed basil.

Nutrition Facts

465 calories; protein 18g; carbohydrates 60.2g; fat 17.2g; cholesterol 19.7mg; sodium 337.3mg. Full Nutrition