Spinach Parsley Pesto

pesto pasta in a bowl with a fork.

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This Parsley Pesto is a quick and easy sauce that is full of fresh flavors. Spinach adds a healthy kick, and pine nuts and Asiago cheese add delicious flavor and texture. Toss it with hot pasta for an easy meal, or use it as a spread for sandwiches, toast, or bagels. It’s also delicious with grilled meat or as a sauce for vegetables.


  • 1/4 cups pine nuts
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 5 cups fresh spinach
  • 2 cups fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup shredded asiago cheese
  • Zest of one lemon
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (or more to taste)
  • 1/3 cup olive oil, plus 1 tablespoon


  1. In a food processor or blender first chop up the pine nuts and garlic, pulsing several times.
  2. Add in the spinach, parsley, asiago cheese, lemon zest and juice and salt. Blend until smooth stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl, if necessary.
  3. Slowly drizzle in 1/3 cup of olive oil while blending. You may want to add more depending on how thick you want the sauce. 
  4. Makes approximately 1 cup of pesto.