Roasted Garlic Spinach Pesto

Thank you for sharing!

Last Updated on September 1, 2020 by Chef Mireille

Roasted Garlic Spinach Pesto

This spinach pesto is so delicious for use as pasta sauce, pizza base or as a delicious dip for toasted bread.

Classic pesto is made with basil, garlic, pine nuts and Parmesan cheese.

Have you ever purchased basil to make pesto, but then something happens and you don’t have time to make it? Basil leaves really can’t last more than a day or two in the refrigerator before they start to turn black.

The Ingredients

I have done that so many times that now I have turned to spinach for pesto. First of all, spinach has a nice sweet and mild flavor similar to basil, if not as aromatic. Secondly, spinach can last for several days in the refrigerator if you don’t have time to make the pesto the same day you purchase it.

Pignolia nuts, also known as pine nuts have a great buttery flavor, but are worth their weight in gold.

Pistacchios have a lower price point, making this Roasted Garlic Spinach Pesto a pesto version that is much kinder to your wallet.

It’s up to you how mild or strong you want the garlic taste to be. I usually use 1 head of garlic, but if you find this too strong, you can use less.

So let’s count the ways you can use this Roasted Garlic Spinach Pesto…

Spinach Pesto Recipes

A little of this pesto added to soup also adds a ton of flavor like in this Butternut Squash Pesto Soup or use it as a sandwich spread.

What other ways do you like to utilize pesto?

Spinach LR PIN
bowl of spinach pesto
Print Recipe Pin it for later!
5 from 8 votes
SAVE THIS RECIPE

Roasted Garlic Spinach Pesto

Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 16 people
Calories: 167kcal

Ingredients

Roasted Garlic Ingredients

  • 1 head garlic
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Pesto Ingredients

  • 4 cups spinach leaves firmly packed
  • 1/2 cup pistachios
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan or Romano cheese freshly grated
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 cup olive oil

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 F.
  • Peel garlic.
  • Combine garlic and olive oil in an oven safe dish and transfer to oven.
  • Roast for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown.
  • In a blender or food processor, combine garlic, spinach, pistacchios, cheese, salt and pepper.
  • With the processor running, slowly add the oil a little at a time, until smooth and homogenous.

Nutrition

Calories: 167kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 178mg | Potassium: 88mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 750IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1mg
Did you try this recipe? Leave a comment below.Please follow me on Instagram @chefmireille or tag me #chefmireille with your pics! I’d love to share them!

DO YOU YUM? SAVE IT BELOW!

Yum

ARE YOU EXCITED TO TRY THIS RECIPE? PLEASE HELP ME CONTINUE TO PROVIDE YOU WITH DELICIOUS RECIPES BY SHARING IT AND SHOPPING FOR YOUR FAVORITE PRODUCTS WITH INCLUDED AFFILIATE LINKS!

DISCLAIMER: This website includes affiliate links. You don’t pay a penny more, but I earn a small commission to keep this site going with delicious content!

PIN IT FOR LATER

Roasted Garlic Spinach Pesto with text

Don’t forget to tag me @chefmireille #chefmireille on Instagram so I can see your recreation of this delicious recipe!

NEED MORE INSPIRATION? CHECK OUT MY RECIPE INDEX WITH OVER 1000 INTERNATIONAL RECIPES FROM AROUND THE WORLD

Thank you for sharing!

About Chef Mireille

CHEF MIREILLE - AUTHOR, RECIPE DEVELOPER AND PHOTOGRAPHER FOR Global Kitchen Travels
***
Chef Mireille is a NYC based freelance chef instructor and food photographer. Due to her very diverse family background, she was able to travel and learn about global cultures and flavors from a young age. Her passion for culture, cooking, history and education had made her an expert on developing traditional globally inspired recipes & delicious fusion cuisine.
Her extensive travel history provides a plethora of background information and Travel Tips!

Reader Interactions

Comments

  1. Capri Lilly

    5 stars
    I love the amount of garlic in this recipe and the flavor the pistachio adds! This pesto is so tasty! Thanks for the recipe

  2. Renia

    5 stars
    What a beautiful dish and easy recipe to follow. Pesto is a great condiment to have in your fridge at all times. It’s quite delicious on our salads and proteins.

  3. Adri Ruff

    5 stars
    I’m a garlic fanatic, so I absolutely love this recipe! It made enough for me to have plenty left over, so now I’m looking forward to incorporating this pesto into our next meal!

  4. Tamara

    5 stars
    Came across this recipe when I was looking for an idea to use up some spinach. This pesto was AMAZING! We had it w/ some pasta, and everyone was in heaven!

  5. Chenée

    5 stars
    This is so much better than typical pesto!! The roasted garlic makes it so flavorful, and I love the addition of pistachios! I’ll be making this again for sure!

  6. Marta

    5 stars
    I’ve always made pesto with the standard basil and pine nuts, but this is going to be my new go-to recipe. The garlic and spinach are a much better flavor combo.

  7. Britney

    5 stars
    This pesto is out of this world! It has so much flavor with the roasted garlic and pistachios! I’m going to keep this recipe around!!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating




This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.