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Spinach Pesto

Spinach Pesto 2.000
May 14, 2008

Using frozen, chopped spinach reduces the cost of making this pesto. The lemon juice keeps it a nice, bright green color. According to cookbook author Linda Larsen, the pesto can be made for 33 cents per serving.

It can be covered and refrigerated for up to 3 days or frozen.


Servings: 2 cups
Ingredients
  • 1 10- to 10 3/4-ounce package frozen spinach, defrosted
  • 1/2 cup basil leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

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Directions

Drain the spinach in a colander, pressing it down with your hands to remove excess water. Place it in the bowl of a food processor with the basil leaves, dried basil, lemon juice, walnuts, salt, pepper and cheese. Pulse until finely chopped.

With the motor running, slowly add the olive oil to form a smooth, thick paste. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate.


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Adapted from her "The Everything Meals on a Budget Cookbook" (Adams Media, 2008).

Tested by Bonnie S. Benwick.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per 2-tablespoon serving: 97


% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 10g 15%

Saturated Fat: 2g 10%

Cholesterol: 1mg 0%

Sodium: 111mg 5%

Total Carbohydrates: 2g 1%

Dietary Fiber: 1g 4%

Sugar: n/a

Protein: 2g


*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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