Spinach Pesto

I adore pesto. Plain and simple fact.

It is SO easy to make and I love to throw it on or in so many different things.  I love my family’s version because it incorporates spinach, adding a great flavor and saving a bit on money. It still uses basil, but not tons of it.  Basil is absolutely wonderful but it definitely can get a bit pricey.

I love to throw this on spaghetti with some sun-dried tomatoes and crumbled feta or in my sandwiches. You could use this recipe for so many different things, and believe me, I do!  This particular time, I put it on my sandwich.  This recipe really dresses up your ordinary sandwich and makes it something fancy.  I felt like this Turkey Pesto Ciabatta sandwich would be something I ordered from a nice restaurant, when really, it took two seconds to put together and a fraction of the cost.


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  1. Shannah @ Just Us Four

    Oh, I love pesto! I just recently tried an aspragus pesto which was really yummy! Now, I need to add this spinach pesto to my list of things to try!

  2. Lorna

    Wow this sounds and looks so wonderful! Thanks for sharing your tried and true family recipes! I love pesto and am excited to try this! Have a great day!

  3. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel

    I think I love you, Nikki! Pesto is my fave "condiment?" ever. I love it on my pizzas, I love it with pasta, and I love it on sammies. Your spinach-ified version looks beautiful AND amazing, and is perfect for me since basil isn't one of my most fave herbs.

  4. Ala

    I love excuses for exploiting--er, borrowing--my roommate's blender. Thanks so much for sharing!

  5. Mandy@OrangeAutumn

    I've always wondered how to make homemade pesto! Thanks for sharing the recipe, I'll have to give it a try soon!

  6. Sarah E.

    I have never had pesto because for some reason, I always assumed it was something gross in it. I was recently watching The Pioneer Woman on FN and saw it was basically basil, oil, and parmesan, things I love. So that's what I get for assuming, huh? I really like that yours has spinach! My family loves spinach :) Can't wait to try this out!

  7. Javelin Warrior

    On Fridays, I share my favorite food finds in a series called Food Fetish Friday - and I love this post so I'm featuring it as part of today's roundup (with a link-back and attribution). I hope you have no objections and thanks so much for inspiring me...

  8. Christine

    Amazing! You stun me again with your amazing pictures and the way you make my mouth water!

  9. Winnie

    I feel exactly the same - I adore pesto, I LOVE pesto
    I can eat it with a teaspoon :)
    Thanks for the recipe, I'm pinnig it