Friday, February 15, 2013

spinach pistachio pesto

spinach pistachio pesto
I love a good pesto. Pesto is so versatile; slather it on pizza, add it to a wrap or toss it with some pasta and veggies- you really can't go wrong however you serve it up !
Not only does pesto have a ton of heart healthy qualities, it is super easy to make. I had been dreaming of pesto pasta...and pesto pizza and pesto wraps - it was obvious that I needed to make a batch sooner rather than later. Thus, the spinach pistachio pesto was born.


spinach pistachio pesto
Seriously, you can make pesto from any combination of greens & nuts- traditional pesto with basil and pine nuts is always good option, but I like to switch it up every now and then (pine nuts are super expensive too!) - you can check out my kale pili pesto here or my artichoke & spinach pesto here; yum!

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spinach pistachio pesto
This time around I choose a combination of baby spinach, pistachios, garlic, lemon and olive oil which creates a super yummy pesto. I am a sucker for anything containing pistachios - the color alone makes me swoon.
To make things easier (but less frugal) you can buy shelled pistachios - they are more expensive but save loads of time if you plan on making a double batch of pesto.

Make sure to check back on Monday to see the first thing I made with this drool worthy pesto!
spinach pistachio pesto
Spinach Pistachio Pesto
makes about 1 1/4 cups of pesto

you will need:
 2 small cloves of garlic, peeled
1/3 cup salted, shelled pistachios
2 large handfuls of baby spinach
juice of 1/2 a lemon
1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil

assembly:
in a food processor fitted with an s blade add all ingredients except olive oil - begin to process and slowly add the olive oil to the processor while running. Process until smooth and creamy.

Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Enjoy!
Yum

20 comments:

  1. i love pistachios! what a great idea to use it in pesto! this looks delicious and i love the color!

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  2. Mm! I'm a sucker for pistachios (and who doesn't love pesto?) but I never would have thought to combine the two. Sounds delicious! I look forward to seeing what you do with it.

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  3. Yum, this looks great! Can't wait to see what you make with it. :)

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  4. Beautiful photos! I love pistachios and this looks like a delicious way to use them :) Pesto is sooo delicious

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  5. Pistachios in pesto is such a great idea! Love the intense green--especially in the dead of winter. :)

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  6. I have been loving pesto lately :) This one sounds delicious, I need to try one with pistachios!!

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  7. Oh my gosh. Brilliance. I love pistachios, I think they are my favorite nut. I hardly ever keep them around bc I can eat them so quickly!

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  8. that is one gorgeous color! i love a good spinach pesto:)

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  9. So pretty!!!!! :) Love pistachios. Cannot wait to see what you make with the pesto.

    Have a great weekend lady! xo

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  10. Ooo never thought of pistachios in pesto, genius!

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  11. This looks so good. I'm intrigued... Did you use the lemon for flavor or to keep things green? I've never seen an acid in a pesto before!!!

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    1. HI Chef Mimi! I like to add acid (typically lemon) to my pesto for the added flavor enhancing the overall "brightness" - if you get a chance to make this let me know how it turns out for you :)

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  12. The colour looks so beautiful my friend, I would love a bit of this pesto :D

    Cheers
    CCU

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  13. I love the green of this pesto! Can't decide if I want to try this recipe (love pistachios) or the kale one you mentioned (love kale)!

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    1. Make this one! I really liked the Kale and Pili Pesto but I LOVED this one- or of course you could make one this week and another for next week :)

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  14. I love a good pesto too Heather and this is making my mouth water! Gorgeous!

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  15. Pistachio pesto is such a good idea, I bet you'll find lots of yummy uses for it! This one looks especially creamy too, I would have guessed there was yogurt or something else like an avocado in there! I would definitely prefer this over the oily, grainy looking kind!

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  16. Now you have me craving pesto! And the color! What a gorgeous shade of green!

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  17. This is a wonderful idea! You're a culinary genius my friend :)

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