Spinach Basil Pesto, anyone?

Hey friends!

So last night I decided it was time for a show down with my basil plant.


It was just begging to be eaten. Not in the “a leaf here, a leaf there” sort of way I’d been eating it, though.


No, it told me it was ready to be plucked clean. So that’s what I did. Enter your basic pesto… with a twist!

Spinach Basil Pesto



  • 1 C fresh basil leaves (packed)
  • 1/4 C grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 C olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp pine nuts
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • juice 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 C spinach

The spinach was a last minute addition. I was feeling creative 🙂


Toss it all into a food processor and give it a whirl!

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Ahhhh, I love food processors. 🙂

Enjoy! I sautéed some veggies in it…


..and had them with cannellini beans over spaghetti squash, which I cooked in the microwave.

I just cut it in half, scooped out the seeds, placed half of it inside facing down on the plate, and microwaved on high for 8 minutes. Done and done!


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The pesto was really yummy. However, I decided spaghetti squash is just not my favorite, at least when it’s substituted for pasta.

I just like pasta better! I think I’d like spaghetti squash much better as a side dish as opposed to the main course 🙂 I’ll do some experimenting with the leftovers!

What do you think of spaghetti squash? If you like it, what’s your favorite way to eat it?

Stay tuned… I made something else very creative in the kitchen last night that I think ya’ll will LOVE!


12 Responses

  1. Here’s an interesting question, why do I not own a food processor. Yeah I don’t know either.

    I like spaghetti squash, although I haven’t had it in years.

  2. I’ve never tried spaghetti squash but all this food looks awesome!

  3. Spaghetti squash only looks like spaghetti. I find that in order to make it tasty, I have to add a ton of spices (read: GARLIC). I also like to use it in place of cellophane noodles in Thai recipes. I add sweet-flavored veggies, scrambled eggs, and TONS of spices along with Thai peanut sauce and soy sauce.

    • Ooo… good idea with the cellophane noodles sub! It’s more that consistency than pasta, anyway, and I bet it would be good with the sweet/spicy toppings… thanks!!

  4. Not a spaghetti squash fan, but that pesto looks out of this world!

  5. I’ve still never had spaghetti squash. I’ll be buying one this week to try!

    That pesto looks great!

  6. spaghetti squash is one of my favorite foods! Its sssoo tasty! I love it instead of pasta. I actually make it in pancakes and I love it that way. Pan sauteed and topped off with some beans and a good salsa. Yum! The pesto idea is fantastic. Will have to try that one this week. I have two lovely squashes sitting at home now. So would be a perfect way to use them up! I saw on another blog too someone had used it as a pizza topper which sounds incredible as well!

  7. I love spaghetti squash, but don’t make it very often. I love pesto more! That looks delish!

  8. I love spaghetti squash! especially as a spaghetti alternative (which is an easy answer). Your pesto looks fantastic.

  9. I love spaghetti squash with some chunky sauce on top!!!! So yummy!

  10. I heart pesto- but I find that homemade pesto is pricey because of the pine nuts! In college my roommate and I woudl microwave spaghetti squash, dump butter and salt on it and eat it just like that. DELICIOUS!!

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