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Spinach & Pistachio Pesto

This is an updated version of our Pistachio Pesto Recipe as it has developed over time. Strangely we eat this quite a lot with spaghetti as it makes a quick weeknight dinner (topped with some fried mushrooms!). We also make it in batches as it keeps in the fridge. This pesto is very versatile and can be used in a lot of dishes.

For example make a risotto and add a spoonful of pesto at the end to make a bright and fragrant meal. Try spreading it in a bagel with cheese and ham? This is a vegan version but you can just add parmesan cheese if you wish. One of the differences between the original recipe and this one is that the spinach is first wilted very quickly, allowed to cook then blended to make the pesto. This seems to result in a more mellow flavour.

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Spinach & Pistachio Pesto
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Our best Vegan Pesto Recipe with spinach, basil and pistachio nuts
Recipe type: Main, Sauces & Dips,
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 1 Jar of Pesto
  • ½ Cup pistachio’s (without the shells)
  • ½ Cup fresh basil leaves
  • 250g fresh spinach leaves
  • Light Olive Oil
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • squeeze of lime (about 1 tsp)
  1. In a large frying pan add 1 tbsp olive oil.
  2. Turn on the heat and add the minced garlic
  3. Allow to gently infuse the oil on a gentlle heat (do not fry)
  4. Then increase the heat and add the spinach, pepper, pinch of salt and nutmeg
  5. Allow the spinach to wilt for about 5 minutes, then turn off the heat and allow to cool Wilt the spinach for the spinach and pistachio pesto
  6. In a blender, blend the pistachios for 5 minutes until fine Blend the pistachio nuts for about 5 minutes until smooth
  7. Add the spinach & basil to the pistachios, along with about 2-3 tbsp olive oil & the squeeze of lime.
  8. Blend and continue to add olive oil while it is blending until the mixture starts coming together like pesto.
  9. Taste for salt, adjust and you are ready to go! Blend the spinach, basil and pistachio with olive oil

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  1. I like the combination of flavors in this pesto. I bet its really good

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