Quite possibly one of my favorite sauces in the world. Seriously. Who would have thought that combining basil, pine nuts, olive oil, garlic and a wee bit of salt would make such a delicious thing? Pesto noodles are always the first thing requested of my mom when we go home too. I could eat a pound of pasta slathered with pesto.
Well, certain circumstances don’t allow me to by pine nuts. Who can pay 5 bucks for 1/4 cup of pine nuts? Basil also gets pricey, since you need quite a bit to make a decent amount of pesto.
Luckily, there’s a ton of other greens out there. Like spinach! You can buy an entire one pound box of spinach for 5 bucks! It’s also Taste Tester’s favorite vegetable. There’s also many, many different kinds of nuts to choose from too, like walnuts, a favorite of mine,
Are you thinking what I’m thinking? Spinach walnut pesto…yes! That’s exactly what I was thinking! It tastes almost identical to me basil pesto to me. I put it on pizza last night and my friend couldn’t tell the difference.
As an added bonus, this is also vegan because I chose to omit the parmesan cheese. If you’re not a lac-tard like me, add some parmesan cheese. It still tastes absolutely wonderful without it though.
Spinach Walnut Pesto
- 1/3 cup toasted walnuts
- 2 cups, packed, of spinach
- 2 garlic cloves
- 2-3 ish tbls olive oil
- pinch of salt