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DH is a meat and potato kinda guy... but he loved this! I used it over chicken breast and cheese tortellini with sun-dried tomato french bread. Fanstastic - thanks for posting! Update 12/07: I love the 'skinny' version of this Pesto Sauce: I use a high quality white wine, double the amount called for and toss in some lemon juice in place of the full zest - then reduce the olive oil by about half. I also use reduced fat parmesan cheese. Fantastic! I've also noticed that (oddly enough) I preferthe cashews over pine nuts in this recipe.
I enjoyed this pesto, especially the addition of fresh spinach to it, which I've never done. The only issue I had was that I found three garlic cloves to be WAY too strong for me, and I love garlic. Obviously, its "zesto" pesto, so I should have anticipated that, but I found that I had to cut the overly intense garlic with some more nuts and oil. I do have to say that the flavor mellowed after two days in the fridge. As far as pesto recipes go, this one is a keeper!!
This pesto tastes light and is so refreshing! I used a little less olive oil (just added the oil until it came to the right consistency.) I served it with linguine and the family actually favored this dish more after the pasta had cooled, kind of like a pasta salad. Next time, I'll serve the pesto & pasta as a side dish instead of a main meal because I think chicken, fish or steak would go great with this. I'll also try adding this pesto to crostinis and maybe top them with a little feta. Thank you for sharing your recipe.
I had this pesto served raw over zucchini noodles, yummy!
Love this! I had a stash in the freezer and just pulled the last of it out. Can't wait to make some more! Thanks for sharing!
My DH loved this and he is the pickiest eater I know so thank you for the recipe! I love the use of spinach in this. The only thing I would change about this recipe is to add the juice from the lemon. Once I did, it tasted much better. I felt it needed the extra "zing". I also substituted pumpkin seeds for the pine nuts (they are waaay too expensive) and it turned out great.
What a great idea to add spinach to the good ol' pesto. It added a wonderful flavor and a few more nutrients. I used it to make whole wheat penne and Mozzarella-Stuffed Pesto Turkey Meatballs. Fantastic!
Absolutely delicious! I can see why this won the contest. I decreased the amount of oil and salt. The spinach, wine and cashews blend into the final flavor, so that shouldn't scare anyone off. It went very well with a lemon pepper pappardelle. Thanks for your creation, Evelyn, it was very yummy!
This is a wonderful Pesto recipe. I am not normally a big spinach fan...but oh this is soooo good! No wonder it won a RSC contest!!!!!!
Okay, let me confess that I was previously not the biggest Pesto fan. I thought it was okay. But no more...this is a great Pesto recipe! For my batch, I used several types of basil from our fall garden explosion, giving the end product a pretty green and purple dotted color. Spinach makes this pesto a bit less intense than some others, but seems to make the basil taste and smell even fresher. Cashews bump up the nutty flavor and texture, and I now like them more than pine nuts. I did make some minor changes. I added 1/4 cup of green olives, because I had a feeling that another layer of salty/sweet would work, and it did. I was out of white wine (argh!), so I substituted Sanpellegrino Limonata (Italian Lemon Soda). Next time I will make sure there is wine in the house before I start, but the Limonata did not hurt it a bit. In fact, it is probably a good non-alcoholic option. But wow, double the recipe if you want enough Pesto to make it to the pasta. Wandering spoons may cause it to mysteriously disappear. (FYI: a double recipe stuffs a Cuisinart to the brim.) By the way, Basil is very good for you. It's a great source of vitamin K, flavonoids, has anti-inflammatory properties, as well as being a natural anti-bacterial herb that can help make uncooked food (such as garden greens) safer to eat. 5+ stars. Thank you, evelyn/athens