Hello all- I’ve grown up in the last 35 years. When I married old Larry, I wouldn’t have touched spinach. But I married Mr. Healthy Eater, so I’ve changed my ways. And this here is a pretty darn yummy way to eat your spinach! You can make it in the time it takes to cook up your favorite pasta –and it’s bright and pretty on your plate. I think you might love it too.
SPINACH ALMOND PESTO
8 oz. of your favorite pasta– I used Orecchiette here
2 cups fresh spinach, washed and stems cut off
1/2 cup toasted almonds*
1/4 cup parmesan romano cheese, grated
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 tab. olive oil
1/8 tsp. salt
a good dash of freshly ground pepper
a sprinkle of pine nuts
1/4 cup, red bell pepper, diced to nice little bits
Put the water on to boil and cook your pasta according to the package directions. In the food processor blend the spinach, almonds, cheese, garlic, oil, salt and pepper. That’s it!
If you want to, you can warm it in the microwave just a few seconds (don’t cook it!) Serve the pesto spooned over your favorite pasta and garnish with the red pepper and pine nuts.
*you could also use walnuts or pine nuts, traditionally used in pesto.