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Spinach Almond Pesto Recipe

Spinach Pesto is a protein-packed pasta sauce recipe. Learn how to make the delicious vegan and gluten free pesto in a few simple steps.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 2
Calories: 351kcal
Author: Hina Gujral

Equipment

  • Blender

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup spinach leaves
  • 1/4 Cup almonds
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 Cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper powder
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  • Soak almonds overnight or in warm water to remove the skin. Dry roast the peeled almonds in a pan for 2 - 3 minutes.
  • Blend in a food processor spinach leaves, toasted almonds, black pepper, salt, garlic, and extra virgin olive oil. Add nutritional yeast (optional) while blending. Do not make a smooth paste. A coarse texture pesto is the best.
  • Use spinach almond pesto immediately or store it in the refrigerator covered.

Notes

  • Pesto turns black when exposed to air for a longer duration due to oxidation. While storing drizzle olive oil on top of the pesto to form a layer of oil. 
  • Do not blend the pesto sauce for too long in the food processor as it might turn bitter.

Nutrition

Calories: 351kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium: 229mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1410IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 1mg