Easy Homemade Spinach Pesto

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Originally Italian pesto is made of basil, garlic, raw pine nuts, extra virgin olive oil and parmesan. But if you like a change or have different ingredients at home you can vary in nuts, cheese and greens. So get experimental and create your own favorite twist!

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When you need pesto for a recipe it’s always better to use homemade pesto. Either you get it homemade from the delicacy store, caterer or market, or you make the pesto yourself. Pesto is one of the most easy things to prepare. Once you made your first homemade pesto, you’ll never want to use the pesto from a pot. Besides pesto is perfect for experimenting. It’s easy to give pesto your own twist. Originally Italian pesto is made of basil, garlic, raw pine nuts, extra virgin olive oil and parmesan. Of course the better quality of basil, olive oil and parmesan, the better your pesto will taste. Also the better a knife you use for cutting everything as thinly as possible the better it will taste. I love to experiment with pesto and I will share all my variations with you. For example I often exchange the pine nuts for walnuts. This is just a matter of budget, cause pine nuts are super expensive in Portugal like elsewhere in the world. Also the kind of greens are interesting to experiment with. In this recipe pesto we use spinach and basil, but I wonder also how a pesto with kale or rocket will taste. First let me show you how this easy homemade spinach pesto is made.

Easy Homemade Spinach Pesto

Servings 4 people


  • Philips HR7629 Food Processor


  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 75 gram fresh spinach
  • 1/2 cup basil
  • 1/2 lemon squeezed
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 3 tbsp parmesan
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup water


  • Assemble all the ingredients and add to your food processor. Be careful with the water. Leave a bit to see if you need it all.
  • Mix until everything is combined to the texture you prefer. Scrape a few times from the sides and taste. Some people like it more fresh, you could add a bit more lemon, others are a big fan of garlic and would like to add more of that. If it's too thick you can always add a bit more olive oil or water.
  • It's all about tasting and adding a bit of what you like most to create your perfect homemade spinach pesto! Enjoy it!


  • Pesto is perfect for experiments. If you have some kale left or rucola, add it to it and see how it taste. Also capers can be a good add to pesto.
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: herbs, Sauce, Vegetable

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