Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Spinach Pesto

For some dishes, the base is the most important part and forms the crucial part of taking a dish to the next level. Today's recipe for pesto is just that. Traditionally, pesto is prepared with Basil. However, there have been many variations to the original recipe as per the availability of ingredients. My pesto was also prepared out of a need to use up unused ingredients rather than going out to buy something new. While I had always wanted to make pesto at home as I totally love it, I never really gave much thought to it. Now, I regret for not having done that as it is the easiest thing to make and preserve and kids love it too. What else can a woman want!

2 cups spinach washed and stemmed
1/2 cup parsley washed and stemmed
3 tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup pine nuts toasted (you can substitute it with equal qty of walnuts)
1/4 tsp black pepper powder

Put everything into a food processor and grind to a smooth paste. Transfer it to a glass jar or bowl with a lid. Top it with some olive oil to avoid discoloring and refrigerate till later use. If you do not have a glass jar with a lid, cover the top with cling wrap. However, storing in a glass jar/bowl is essential. You can enjoy this delicious pesto the easiest way with spaghetti or any other pasta of your choice. Stay tuned for some interesting recipes coming up with Pesto!

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