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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Fresh Pesto

One of my close friends makes her own Pesto. Up until now, I had only tasted pesto in restaurants and didn't care for it all, in fact I hated it. April made some yummy pesto and brought it to a church activity we had. She served it over spaghetti squash. At first I was a little leery about trying it, only because of my past experience with it, but I quickly got over my fears as I licked some from a spoon...I seriously was hooked!! SO YES, the next day I made some up in my own little kitchen, cooked a spaghetti squash and ATE IT AGAIN for lunch! Its divine!! IF you think you aren't a pesto lover, you have got to try this...I think it will change your mind!

Fresh Pesto

THIS is made in a food processor~

6-7 stems of fresh basil, with the leaves (washed and dried)
1 bag of baby spinach
5 cloves of garlic (more or less depending on your LOVE for it...I happen to adore it)
6 T. fresh parmesan cheese
2 bags spring mix lettuce
1/4 c. chopped almonds
2 T oil (olive or canola)
Juice from 1-2 lemons (depending on the taste you want...tart or not so tart)
zest from 1 lemon

Combine basil, spinach, minced garlic, cheese, lettuce, oil and lemon juice in your food processor. Pulse until everything is chopped up very fine. Depending on your machine it may take a minute or it may take less. After you have it to the consistency that you like, add your lemon zest and almonds and pulse just to combine. 
Serve over spaghetti squash, on a panini, over fresh salmon or halibut or it with a spoon! Its TASTY! 



  1. I'm SO GLAD you posted this because I have never enjoyed pesto and I couldn't see what all the hype was about. I think I'll give this a try, thank you!!

  2. I forgot to tell you how much I enjoy (both) of your weeks menu's. I often look at them to get ideas.