It was only once or twice that i got to taste a pesto, and from then on i was totally fond of pesto!! But never did i give it a try nor even order it while we dined out. I was just browsing over when i found this Spinach Pesto recipe and was all set to make it for our dinner. I was pretty familiar with the Basil Pesto taste , but never with Spinach.
I wasn't so sure while making pesto with spinach and had a second option all ready for our dinner that night. While grinding away the pesto , i gave a first taste test and from then on i was just licking away the spoon. I loved the taste , and it smelled just wonderful.
My little Adya finished the whole bowl of the paste served to her , with some extra Parmesan Cheese sprinkled on top , and she loved it.
I love making pasta for our dinner for a fuss free cooking .Some home - made pesto made me love it more , i usually make the Roasted Red Bell Pepper - Walnut Pesto Pasta , which is loaded with extra veggies.
You should give this a try , and your options of using this pesto is so much as a dip , sandwich spread pretty much anything , i am going to explore more ways to enjoy this !!
Toasted Walnut - Spinach Pesto Pasta
2 cups Penne Pasta
few Cherry Tomatoes ( cut in half )
For the Pesto :
3 cups packed Baby Spinach Leaves
2 Garlic cloves
1/2 cup Olive Oil
1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese
1/3 cup Walnut
1/2 a Lemon squeezed
Salt and pepper to taste
Toast the Nuts:
Arrange the nuts in a cookie sheet and bake it at 350F for 10 mins, until fragrant and lightly brown.
Grind away all the ingredients until paste. Store in a tightly sealed container with some plastic wrap over the top to prevent from browning.
Cook pasta as per the package instructions and drain away the water.
When still hot, mix pasta with the pesto + tomatoes , drizzle in some olive and toss well.
Transfer on to a serving plate and sprinkle some Parmesan cheese.
Recipe Source: here