Hot Eats and Cool Reads: Spinach and Walnut Pesto Recipe

Dec 12, 2012

Spinach and Walnut Pesto Recipe

I love looking through vintage cookbooks. My Aunt Linnea gave me a whole stack of Southern Living Annual Recipe Cookbooks and while I was browsing through the one for 1983, I found a recipe for Spinach Pasta. I decided to use part of the recipe and try making some Spinach and Walnut Pesto. It turned out really good. It's alot different from basil pesto. More earthy tasting and it goes great with pasta. I will be posting the pasta recipe I tried it with later this week or early next week.  

Spinach and Walnut Pesto (print recipe)  
What you need:
1/3 cup walnuts
4 cloves garlic
6 ounces fresh spinach
1 cup parsley sprigs
3/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
1/2 cup olive oil
salt and pepper as needed

Place the walnuts and garlic in a food processor. Process for about 15 seconds. Add spinach, parsley and parmesan cheese and process drizzling olive oil in until well combined. Add salt and pepper if needed. Store in the refrigerator or freeze with plastic wrap directly on top with the air pressed out.

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This recipe was shared at:
Whimsy Wednesday at Smart School House
Cast Party Wednesday at Lady Behind the Curtain
Trick or Treat Tuesday at Inside BruCrew Life
All My Bloggy Friends at Love Bakes Good Cakes
Tuesday Talent Show at Chef in Training
Totally Tasty Tuesdays at Mandy's Recipe Box
Meatless Monday at Healthy Mommy, Healthy Baby
Marvelous Monday at This Gal Cooks
Mix it Up Monday at Flour Me with Love
Mealtime Monday at Couponing and Cooking
Foodie Friends Friday
Weekend Potluck at The Better Baker
Foodie Friday at Simple Living
Full Plate Thursday at Miz Helen's Country Cottage
Tasty Thursdays at Mandatory Mooch
Creative Thursday at Michelle's Tasty Creations


  1. This sounds like it would be right up my alley! Pinned.

  2. My mom used to make a walnut pesto but not with spinach. Sounds great. Thanks for sharing it on foodie friday.

  3. This sounds like a great pesto recipe! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday!

  4. I've made pesto with kale before, but never spinach. Sounds absolutely delicious!

  5. It sounds DELISH!
    Something I just must try
    Thanks for sharing it

  6. Found you on Meatless Monday... this sounds like something that would go from breakfast (on eggs) to dinner (on grilled Salmon). Thanks for the recipe! Following you everywhere.

  7. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great day and come back real soon!
    Miz Helen

  8. What a great pesto recipe. Looks so delicious! Come and visit us this week. We have a new Southern author that you will love. Register to win her book!!!!

  9. Thank you so much for sharing this at Manila Spoon, Sheena! Love this! Looks so delicious! Can't believe I haven't followed your blog yet so am correcting this mistake and joining your site. - Abby

    1. You're welcome, Abby!! I'm always finding blogs I haven't followed yet too! :)


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