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Faux Pesto Recipe
  • READY IN 10 mins

Faux Pesto

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"Not your usual pesto. Everyone will be surprised when they learn the secret ingredients."

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Original recipe makes 2 cups Change Servings
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  • PREP

    10 mins
  • READY IN

    10 mins

Directions

  1. Mix the spinach, pecans, garlic, Parmesan cheese, and lemon juice in the bowl of a food processor; stream the olive oil into the mixture as it blends. Season with salt and pepper.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 25, 2010

I'm the author of the recipe to answer some questions...You do not need a full 1/2 cup of EVOO...use to your desired consistency. I use shredded parm (either fresh shredded or pre-shredded) not the sprinkle stuff in the can. Lastly, salt and pepper are both to taste. I use a Sea Salt grinder and fresh ground black pepper. You can also freeze in a ice cube tray for later use. Thanks for checking out my recipe:)

 
Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 06, 2010

Had a good flavor but was difficult to make since my food processor is small and I couldn't stream in the oil until I transferred it to a blender. Probably won't make again because of that but it was tasty.

 

19 Ratings

Jun 01, 2010

Excellent recipe when you need to be a little creative. I live in a place where pine nuts and basil are hard to come by. Using spinach leaves and pecans worked perfectly for me! Thanks!

 
Aug 17, 2009

At first I was a little bit skeptical about pesto without basil leaves. But this was a pleasant surprise! It tasted great! And it's a lot cheaper than buying basil! I would recommend adding a little oregano too.

 
Sep 03, 2010

Delicious! Great way to use up fresh spinach. I used walnuts instead of pecans (since I had those on hand) and it was great!

 
Apr 12, 2010

Great recipe! Mild, yet fairly flavorful. Very easy to make. I minced the garlic before adding to the food processor for fear of getting a chunk of raw garlic in the sauce. Thanks for posting!

 
Jan 11, 2010

I thought this was great and my wife who says she does not like Pesto sauce said she loved it. I made it exactly as stated only I used frozen spinich and soy nuts because of nut allergies. So easy, So quick, delicious.

 
Dec 28, 2010

I followed all the directions/ingredients, except I only had almonds on hand. Still turned out great, and super easy :)

 

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Nutrition

  • Calories
  • 113 kcal
  • 6%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 1.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 4 mg
  • 1%
  • Fat
  • 11.1 g
  • 17%
  • Fiber
  • 0.5 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 2.5 g
  • 5%
  • Sodium
  • 107 mg
  • 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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