Best-o Pesto

I served this pesto for dinner shortly after my girls devoured some delicious cookies. Believe it or not, my girls all commented, “Wow, this pasta is better than cookies!!”

As pesto is usually a combination of basil, olive oil, garlic, and parmesan cheese, and sometimes pine nuts, I find it to be quite strong. So I cut down the basil a bit and substitute it with spinach and broccoli. It is quite good….perhaps even better than cookies! And for sure it’s definitely a lot healthier and more mild than the traditional pesto.

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Take it from her — it’s the best pesto!!

I have adapted (perfected?) the recipe from The Joy of Cooking. Here’s my version:

Process in a food processor to a rough paste:

3/4 c basil leaves

3/4 c spinach (best if fresh)

1/2 c broccoli (pre-steamed for only 1 1/2 minutes)

2 garlic cloves

1/2 c parmesan cheese (not Kraft – get the real stuff — you’ll be glad you spent the extra buck or two)

With the machine running, add

1/2 c extra-virgin olive oil. For a healthier version, you can add 1/4 c. olive oil and 1/4 c. chicken broth.

Serve on warm pasta. Serving cookies before dinner, optional.

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About Heidi

My name is Heidi and I live on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. I have three young girls and a baby son, and a husband who makes me laugh. We love to turn up the music and dance in the livingroom, bend down and smell fresh grass, and play at the beach in the sunshine. I run a stand up paddle school, sharing good times with tourists on the island. I love teaching stand up paddling, and it proves a challenge to do a good job raising a family while running a business. Like my post? Please leave a comment.
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One Response to Best-o Pesto

  1. Tauna W. says:

    yummy! maybe we’ll have this for dinner–I have all the ingredients. In our house we call this monster pasta–because it’s green and somehow(?) it makes it all more appetizing for the kids.

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