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spinach basil pestoGood morning, gorgeous.

In case you need me to tell you…

it’s really cold out!

I need a bit of spring.

You know, one of those days where the temperature climbs to 65 degrees and you peel yourself away from the fire, peeling back the layers, maybe show an elbow or an ankle and step outside to enjoy the warmth?

This is what I’m dreaming about right now.  Who’s with me?

To show winter who’s boss around here, I’ve decided to make some fresh spinach and basil pesto.

That just sounds like spring with its bright green color.

And, to continue on my path of “January is the new spring,” I also picked up some yellow daffodils and a big bag of lemons.

Don’t you think daffodils and lemons just feel like spring is approaching?

So, without further ado, let’s begin on this lovely little sauce and, stop talking about the weather….

spinach and basil pesto ingredients

Here’s a look at the ingredients.  I just know you have most of what you’ll need already.  I chose to use a combination of spinach and basil, but pesto made from arugula is peppery and delicious too (and one of my favorites).

pesto ingredients in food processorGet your food processor set up and then add 1 cup of fresh spinach, 1 cup of fresh basil, 3 tbsp of almonds, 1 smashed garlic clove, 1/2 tsp kosher salt, and a scant 2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil.

pesto ingredients in food processorGrate 1/2 cup of Parmagiano-Reggiano cheese into the bowl of your food processor and then give it all a whirl until it’s smooth.

spinach basil pestoHere is the finished pesto.  Use it to top off eggs, spread onto rolls for a sandwich or panini, or to top grilled chicken.  Pesto can be swirled into softened butter to make a compound butter and in the summer you can slather it onto corn on the cob.  It’s uses are endless.

How do you use your pesto?

Spinach and Basil Pesto

Ingredients

1 cup fresh spinach

1 cup fresh basil

3 tbsp almonds

1/2 tsp kosher salt

1 large clove garlic, smashed

scant 2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 cup freshly grated Parmagiano-Reggiano cheese

Method

Place all the ingredients into the bowl of a food processor and process until sauce is smooth.  Store in the refrigerator up to one week or freeze in ice cube trays.

Yield: 1 cup

Allison {Main St. Cuisine}

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