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Pesto is an extremely versatile, quick, and forgiving sauce to make!
½ cup Walnut halves
½ cup Fresh chopped spinach
1 Tablespoon Fresh chopped sage leaves (for a colorful pesto, try purple sage)
1 large Garlic clove, minced
4 Tablespoons Extra virgin olive oil
¾ teaspoon Salt
¼ teaspoon Pepper
1/6 cup Grated Parmesan cheese
1/6 cup Shredded Swiss cheese
¼ cup Water, or as needed (save water and add flavor by using the water from cooked pasta)
In a blender, pulverize the walnuts. Add spinach, sage, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper. Blend until smooth. Add cheeses and water. Blend until creamy.
This pesto is thinner than most store-bought pestos, making it easier to toss with pasta. However, if you like a thicker pesto, just add less water.
You can easily swap out any ingredient for one with similar qualities (basil for sage, parsley for spinach, other hard cheeses for Parmesan and/or Swiss, other nuts for walnuts). The recipe can also be doubled, halved, quartered… Store extra pesto in the fridge for two weeks, or freeze for long term storage.
Recommended serving suggestion: toss with whole wheat linguine, chopped tomatoes, and pitted Kalamata olives.