Monday, April 12, 2010

A winner and some spinach, it's good for you.

Okay the travel jewelry case giveaway is now officially closed and the lucky winner is:

#19, Rebecca. Yea Rebecca! I'm so excited for you. Email me your address at, and I'll get this off to you. Congrats!

So I just had to show you what I made this afternoon. I've posted this recipe on my blog before, but I just once again have to declare my love for this Spinach Pesto. I like to make big batches of it, and then freeze it in small containers that I can pull out for a quick meal.

A little of this pesto goes a long way, and you don't need very much to make a meal out of it. I love to put it on pasta, or chicken, or pasta with chicken, it also makes a great cold pasta salad. To make a pasta salad just use cooked bowtie pasta, cover the pasta with 8 oz. pesto, then add chopped red onion, diced cooked chicken, and chill. Then just before you serve it add 1 cup craisins and freshly grated parmesan cheese. It's so good! You'll also need to salt and pepper to taste, but you can't go wrong with this pasta salad at a party or shower.

I've been collecting quite a few recipes the last few years and have put them into page protectors in a spiral bound notebook. If I see a recipe on a blog I like then I just cut and paste the recipe along with a picture, and print off the recipe to keep. I do this with my own tried and true recipes too. If I think I've made something that I'll want to make again I take a picture of the final product and print it off with the recipe. This way I have easy access to all of my favorite recipes. Nerdy? Maybe, but it works and it makes me happy.

So today when I wanted to make my Pesto I just pulled out my trusty cookbook, and my ingredients and I was set.

Here's the recipe, I promise if you try it you won't be disappointed.

Spinach Walnut Pesto

1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
2 cloves garlic
2 cups fresh spinach
1 tsp. dried basil
salt and pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients in food processor, and enjoy with your favorite pasta.


Sarah said...

i make your spinach pesto all the time and we love it! i use pine nuts though. thanks for introducing me to this great recipe.

pam said...

I have some of your spinach pesto in the freezer, but last week I had lots of cilantro and used that to make pesto. It was delicious too. I know traditional pesto is with fresh basil. So I guess you can just use whatever green herb you have handy and it will taste great.