Winter Pesto

Winter Pesto
Staff Writer
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In the midst of winter many people regret not having had the foresight to freeze batches of pesto when fresh basil was in season; others self-indulgently used up their supply much faster than they expected. In either case, here is a recipe that will satisfy pesto addicts anywhere, and can be made in any season.

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12
Servings
378
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Notes

Note: This pesto keeps well refrigerated for 2 weeks with a tablespoon of oil poured on the surface to prevent dryness. For freezing, omit the cheese and butter and freeze in an airtight container. Thoroughly defrost before using, and add the cheese and butter after it is defrosted.

Ingredients

  • 3 Cups tightly packed fresh spinach, stemmed
  • 1 Tablespoon dried basil
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and halved
  • 1/4 Cup walnuts (optional)
  • 1/2 Cup olive oil
  • 2/3 Cups grated Parmesan
  • 2 Tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/4 Teaspoon salt

Directions

Put the spinach, basil, garlic, walnuts, if using, and olive oil into the container of a blender. Blend until smooth, turning off the motor and scraping down the sides as necessary.

Pour the pesto into a container with a tight-fitting lid, and stir in the cheese by hand until blended. Stir in the softened butter and salt by hand until blended.

If the pesto is to be used as a sauce for pasta, add a few tablespoons of the boiling pasta water to the pesto to thin it out before tossing it on the pasta.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
29g
41%
Sugar
2g
2%
Saturated Fat
9g
38%
Cholesterol
11mg
4%
Carbohydrate, by difference
5g
4%
Protein
25g
54%
Vitamin A, RAE
18µg
3%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
22µg
24%
Calcium, Ca
165mg
17%
Choline, total
3mg
1%
Fiber, total dietary
1g
4%
Folate, total
15µg
4%
Iron, Fe
2mg
11%
Magnesium, Mg
17mg
5%
Niacin
2mg
14%
Phosphorus, P
439mg
63%
Selenium, Se
3µg
5%
Sodium, Na
204mg
14%
Water
15g
1%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

Pesto Shopping Tip

Italian food is about simplicity and letting the ingredients shine. So make sure you get ingredients that are great quality and flavor. Farmers markets and specialty stores will have great produce and products. Just be sure to have some great olive oil.

Pesto Cooking Tip

Unlike other highly regarded cuisines, Italian cooking is usually simple to make with many dishes having only 4 to 8 ingredients. Italian cooks rely chiefly on the quality of the ingredients rather than on elaborate preparation.