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    Tuesday
    Mar262013

    Spinach Pesto

    I should have timed myself because I know this took less than 20 minutes to make.

    Last night's dinner was a horrible fail. How bad was it? I wouldn't even post it as a fail, that's how bad. I've had quite a few fails lately and I really needed to do something to redeem myself. Pretty sure this did it.

    Colourful, fresh, fast. Perfect spring dinner.

    Spinach Pesto

    • 3-4 cups fresh spinach
    • 1/2 c grated parmesan, asiago, or romano cheese
    • 2-3 tbsp nuts, I used cashews because I had them
    • 1 large garlic clove
    • zest of 1/2 lemon
    • juice of 1/2 lemon
    • salt
    • olive oil

    Dinner was tasty, but I still didn't get all the ingredients in the picture though.

    No oven to preheat this time. But getting the water boiling now helps. Grating the cheese too.

    Dump the spinach leaves into the food processor.

    Sprinkle on the cheese, nuts, garlic, lemon zest, and salt.

    Squeeze in the juice.

    A few pulses will get it looking like this.

    This recipe makes enough for 4-6 servings of pasta, but if you want to make a double batch, just add another set of everything to the bowl, and do it all over again.

    Scrape down the sides and this time, when you turn it on, pour in a tablespoon or two of olive oil, until it just turns pasty. 

    At this point, you can use it as a pasta sauce, an ingredient in a dip, a sandwich spread, or even in soup.

    A bit more oil will make it very saucy, but it will store and freeze just as well as it is now.

    Besides, a bit of cream will make it saucy too.

    You can make pesto with anything leafy and green. Spinach is very brightly coloured, but mildly flavoured. Even kids should eat this. But if they don't want to, add some prosciutto , tell them it's green noodles and ham and they don't get to say they don't like it until they try it. SamIAm.

    Okay, there we go. I made dinner. I really can cook.

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