Basil Spinach Pesto

Basil Spinach Pesto 

This is one of my favorites – and such a great go. I like to make up extra and freeze it in small containers..the ice cube tray has failed me every time- I just can not get them to pop out 😦 . I typically start out by tossing the pesto over pasta, with added pine nuts and small pieces of sautéed chicken.  Whenever Basil Spinach Pesto Pasta is on the menu, you can guarantee Caprese Paninis are coming up! Grab the Panini Press, bread, beefsteak tomatoes, fresh mozerella & spread basil pesto on each slice of bread – delicious. Another easy fix? Spread the pesto over a chicken breast and bake it — Baked Pesto Chicken. The extra step of needing the food processor/blender pays off in the long run by having this sauce on hand to make lots of other tasty, healthy meals.

Recipe:

– 1.5 c Baby spinach leaves

– 3/4 c. Fresh basil leaves

– 1/2 c. pine nuts

– 1/2 c. grated parmesan cheese

– 4 cloves garlic, peeled & quartered

– 1/2 tsp sea salt

– 1/2 tsp black pepper

– 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice

– 1/2 tsp lemon zest

– 1/2-1 c. olive oil (Adding extra olive oil will help it go further if trying to make extra meals)

***Blend in Food Processor/Blender. Enjoy!

Use as a dip with fresh bread, Spread on paninis, toss over noodles with pine nuts & chicken, or spread over chicken & bake …Have other uses? Please share!

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