Spinach Pesto Cheese Ball

Total Time
Prep 25 mins
Cook 10 mins

From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Toast pine nuts until golden brown on a baking dish in a preheated 325-degree oven, 6-8 minutes, or in a dry skillet, stirring constantly. Remove to a plate and let cool.
  2. Bring a saucepan of water to a boil. Add spinach and basil; cook 3 minutes, until tender (or place in a microwave-safe dish, lightly cover with plastic wrap and cook on high 2 minutes). Drain in a colander; rinse under cold water. Press to extract excess moisture.
  3. Place spinach, basil, 1 cup Parmesan, shredded cheese blend, cream cheese, garlic and pepper to taste in food processor fitted with a metal blade; process until smooth. Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes.
  4. Stir together the remaining 2 tablespoons Parmesan, parsley and pine nuts on a plate. Moisten your hands with water; roll the cheese mixture into a ball. Roll in the nut mixture to coat.


Most Helpful

Delicious. It's still sitting in the fridge but it was good before it even sat. :D Thanks so much for a spinach dip recipe without a soup mix in it. I left out the pine nuts because I don't like them and I added a little shredded cheese to my final mix instead. MMMM MMM MMM

flori April 12, 2008

Super quick and easy and so divine for an outdoor picnic. Made this for PAC. I used the dry skillet to toast nuts (as the heat here is high). Also dried the cooked basil and spinach with paper towels to remove excess moisture as they seemed way to damp for the mix. Served with champagne crackers to a family/friends gathering of 40 plus people. You were ranked in the top 5 hordeurves! Super job. Thank you.

Chef1MOM-Connie May 31, 2006

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