Pasta With Spinach Pesto

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 20 mins

This pasta is good both hot and at room temperature. My daughter, now 8, asks for it frequently.


  1. Cook pasta in boing water until al dente.
  2. Drain and set aside.
  3. Meanwhile prepare sauce.
  4. Wash spinach and remove stems (the worst part of doing this recipe. I've tried using frozen instead but it isn't as good).
  5. In a large saucepan(or in the microwave), cook the spinach in water until wilted, approximately 4 minutes.
  6. Drain, squeeze out moister, and chop finely.
  7. Add garlic to spinach.
  8. Set aside.
  9. [I always use a couple of cloves.].
  10. Heat oil in a large skillet (I use a wok).
  11. If you use DeCecco fetuccine, which takes about 6-7 minutes to cook, you can put the pasta in the water immediately before starting the nuts.
  12. The pasta and the spinach end up being done at about the same time.
  13. Add the nuts and saute until light brown.
  14. Reduce heat, add spinach mixture and cook 3 minutes.
  15. Add the pasta and pepper to the spinach mixture, tossing.
  16. Add the cheese, toss and serve.
  17. Recipe can be dressed up with the addition of sauteed chicken, scallops, and/or shrimp.
Most Helpful

We added some carrots, orange pepper and black olives and it was excellent.

ardiel March 19, 2009

I agree that this is very good, instead of the pine nuts (which I detest) - we used toasted pecans (you could also use toasted walnuts or sunflower seeds) - yummy!

stephanierndos February 05, 2006

very good. A great simple easy meal.

tofulove February 03, 2005