Simple Spinach and Pine Nut Pesto

Spinach and Pine Nut Pesto - a simple recipe made quickly with fresh spinach, toasted pine nuts, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and parmesan.  Delicious tossed with pasta or over grilled chicken.

A bowl of noodles coated with Spinach Pesto next to a small bowl of spinach and a small glass of olive oil

Pesto is one of those foods that can really pack a flavor-punch.  It's made with simple, pure ingredients in just a matter of minutes.  For my simple spinach pesto I use fresh spinach, garlic, olive oil, toasted pine nuts and splash of lemon juice and parmesan cheese.   It's so full of flavor and smells amazing as it comes together!

Spinach Pesto on top of a burger on a bed of spinach leaves, sliced cucumbers, and cherry tomatoes on a plate

Pesto is great when tossed with pasta, spread on sandwiches, used as a topping for a burger or grilled chicken or even as a dip with a chip.  Seriously endless possibilities.

A bowl of noodles coated with Spinach Pesto next to a small bowl of spinach and a small glass of olive oil

Keeping it simple, and remembering that "simple is often best".

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Simple Spinach and Pine Nut Pesto

Spinach and Pine Nut Pesto - a simple recipe made quickly with fresh spinach, toasted pine nuts, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and parmesan. Delicious tossed with pasta or over grilled chicken.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan
  • salt

Instructions

  • Combine the spinach, pine nuts, garlic and lemon juice in a food processor. Lightly pulse. With the machine running, gradually add the olive oil, blending until the mixture is creamy.
  • Add the parmesan and pulse.
  • Season with salt to taste.

Notes

To toast pine nuts in a skillet: Heat a pan to medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the pan. Add the pine nuts to the pan and heat, stirring, until golden, about 3 minutes; transfer to a plate to cool.

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7 thoughts on “Simple Spinach and Pine Nut Pesto”

  1. I just made this and it tasted so yummy. I added a bit more spinach and lemon juice too. Perfect even without any salt. Very filling too. Thanks for this quick and easy recipe!

  2. this sounds great – I love pesto! simple is often best, I so SO believe that! thank you for sharing your Aunt Gem, sounds truly inspirational!

  3. Sharon @ What The Fork Food Blog

    I love pesto with spinach, it’s such a nice flavor and more mild than basil 🙂

    1. I love it too, Sharon. Plus I almost always have spinach in my refrigerator. Thanks for reading.

  4. Jen @ Baked by an Introvert

    I just made a pesto pasta the other night. I used a basil pesto but I bet this spinach pesto would have been delicious. I see another pasta night in my near future!

    1. I love basil pesto too, Jen. Pesto is just so easy to make and all variations taste so good – I can never have it too often! 🙂

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