Pesto is one of those things that everybody loves. It is ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS on pasta, but it is also super yummy on roasted veggies, salads, rice, quinoa, sandwiches, pizza, and the list goes on.
There are so many things I love about pesto besides its amazing taste. It’s healthy, quick, simple, customizable and colorful -I love a pretty dish-; plus, you can make a big batch and freeze leftovers for later. I like to freeze it in small portions, it’s a lifesaver on a busy day.
Pesto looks fancy, but it is actually quite easy to make. It takes less than five minutes and it’s always a hit with family and friends.
There are a lot of pesto recipes out there, but trust me, this one is a winner!
My go-to pesto is vegan and PACKED WITH NUTRIENTS (and flavor!). I added spinach to the mix and, instead of pine nuts, used a combination of walnuts and pumpkin seeds. So nourishing; plus, it tastes like heaven. My favorite combo: pesto + farro spaghetti. I like to serve it with sun-dried tomatoes and toasted pine nuts; but it tastes just as good on its own.
Take your meals to the next level with this amazing pesto recipe.
Nutrient Packed Pesto
- ⅓ cup walnuts
- 2 Tbsp pumpkin seeds
- 1 cup spinach
- ¾ cup basil leaves
- 1 big clove of garlic
- 2 Tbsp lemon juice
- ½ cup olive oil
- ½ tsp sea salt
- 1 Tbsp nutritional yeast, optional
- Whole-grain farro pasta (or your pasta of choice)
- Sun-dried tomatoes
- Toasted pine nuts
- Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender (or food processor) and blend until creamy.
- Serve with your pasta of choice and add your favorite toppings.