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Basil and Spinach Pesto

Basil and Spinach Pesto

Serves: 6

Category: Main Dishes - Vegan
Tags: Aggressive Weight Loss

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This freshly blended pesto will transform your veggies or bean pasta into a gourmet meal. It’s made with basil, spinach, pine nuts, almonds and a healthy touch of garlic.

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2/3 cup raw almonds, lightly toasted
2/3 cup pine nuts (use Mediterranean stone pine nuts if possible), lightly toasted
1 cup fresh basil leaves, packed
1 cup fresh spinach leaves, packed
3 garlic cloves
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 cup chopped tomato


In a blender or food processor, pulse to finely grind almonds and pine nuts (do not puree). Remove and place in a mixing bowl. Blend remaining ingredients in blender or food processor. Combine with nut mixture. Add 1-2 tablespoons of water if needed to adjust consistency.

Use to top steamed or sauteed vegetables or try it with your favorite bean pasta.

Calories 210; Protein 6 g; Carbohydrates 7 g; Sugars 2 g; Total Fat 18.9 g; Saturated Fat 1.4 g; Cholesterol 0 mg; Sodium 10 mg; Fiber 2.9 g; Beta-Carotene 641 ug; Vitamin C 9 mg; Calcium 64 mg; Iron 1.8 mg; Folate 33 ug; Magnesium 94 mg; Potassium 327 mg; Zinc 1.7 mg; Selenium 0.9 ug

Comments (13):



07/15/2013 11:41 AM

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What is bean pasta?


07/16/2013 05:49 PM

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This is THE tastiest pesto this girl has *ever* had, and she has had a lot of pesto in her day, all with dairy.

And, it was very easy to make.

Marilynn, I don't know what bean pasta is, but we used Tinkyada pasta.

Linda P.

07/18/2013 01:39 PM

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Three varieties of bean pasta are available on the web site. They are made from black beans or red lentils.
This comment was last edited on 10/22/2014 12:00 PM


11/16/2014 07:11 PM

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This pesto is great. I couldn't convince my nonETL partner or my kids to enjoy it on whole wheat spaghetti, though I liked it. I froze the rest in an ice cube tray and now I add a cube to a pan full of whatever veggies I have and a can of tomatoes and I have a quick delicious meal. NonETL partner likes it that way!


02/19/2015 05:43 PM

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This is a fabulous Pesto. we use it on our veggie pizzas, and inside pitas, with some of dr. F's better burger recipes. I love the idea of freezing some in ice cube trays Ima get on that!


04/03/2015 03:36 PM

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This was delicious. I substituted pistachios for the pine nuts. I also froze some in an ice cube tray.

Rebecca Stephenson

08/23/2015 03:36 PM

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This pesto was nutritious as well as delicious. I was a little concerned with the spinach but couldn't tell it was in the mix. I placed the pesto over tomato slices with a little balsamic vinegar on the side. It was great!


09/28/2015 06:41 PM

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This pesto is delicious! I had it over 100% whole wheat pasta and both my husband and I loved it. I couldn't believe it had no oil or cheese in it!


04/22/2017 05:00 PM

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Love it just as is, sometimes I swap out Tomato for Avocado and that's really good too!


05/16/2017 07:55 PM

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This is so good its insane. For the rest of the meal I made something super scumptious to mix with the pesto: water sauté 2 cups mushrooms, 2 cups broccoli, 1 cup onion, 2 cups fiddleheads or any other green vegetables you have. Do the onions first so they became translucent. During the last ten minutes of sautéing add a splash of white cooking wine. Boil a box of green lentil pasta. Combine the pesto, veggies and pasta. Sprinkle with dairy free parm cheese. I call it "green goddess". <3


08/07/2017 12:58 AM

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I love traditional pesto.  While this wasn't the same (or as good), it was tasty and much healthier.  My wife and I had ours over Trader Joe's black bean pasta cold and liked it.  Do most people eat it hot or cold?  

I like the ideas for how to use it in the comments!  Thanks!


02/24/2018 04:44 PM

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When it says in the directions combine with nut mixture, are you supposed to mix everything back in the food proccesor..or hand mix in a bowl? Or are you supposed to keep the nut mixture from being pureed?



fionah replies:

07/23/2018 09:10 PM

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You don’t want to puree the nuts, so add the veg to the bowl and mix with a spoon.


07/30/2018 06:03 PM

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How much is a serving of this pesto? Tablespoon? Ounce? Cup? Thanks!


trocalive replies:

09/05/2019 01:16 AM

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At the top of the recipe it says six servings.  But I haven't made it yet so can't comment on what 1/6th of this looks like!