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Pesto Del Sol Recipe
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Pesto Del Sol

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"After they baste in the sun all summer long, I cut down my basil plants and make this delightful pesto. This basil pesto has been mellowed with fresh spinach and enhanced by the taste of black olives. I make big batches and freeze in small container for the whole year. It will keep in the fridge for a week. Toss with pasta. Spread on meat or sandwiches. Add a spoonful for favoring to lots of recipes. Enjoy!"

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Original recipe makes 12 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins

    20 mins


  1. In a food processor, blend spinach, basil, pine nuts, walnuts, olives and garlic. Blend in Parmesan cheese and Romano cheese. Gradually add oil, processing until smooth; season with pepper. Serve at room temperature.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 10, 2004

FYI: According to Jacques Pepin on one of his TV shows, if you blanche the basil briefly it will not oxidize and therefore will retain its green color. I would imagine this would hold true for the spinach as well.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 19, 2004

Maybe I didn't do this recipe right but I thought it was TERRIBLE! Mine came out a pasty whitish grey color, which was very unappetizing.


14 Ratings

Jan 24, 2003

My hubby and I thought this recipe was delicious. Its fast, easy, and much lighter than a regular pesto sauce. I forgot the olives but it was still good.

Sep 29, 2007

I thought this was a great variation on typical basil pesto. Sometimes I find the basil and pine nuts too strong. The spinach and walnuts mellowed it out and the olives were a nice addition. I only had parmesan cheese so did not use romano. It was delicious!

Jan 24, 2003

Great stuff! Love the variation with the black olives and spinach. Very tasty.

Feb 09, 2006

This is a wonderful pesto. The addition of black olives added another dimension. I followed the recipe exactly except I used aged gouda cheese instead of the Romano.

Jul 07, 2004

Easy and tasty! My family loves this pesto version.

Oct 23, 2009

A recipe worthy of more than five stars!! This is OUTSTANDING!! Thanks for posting this recipe; it's my new standard go-to for pesto sauce.


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  • Calories
  • 298 kcal
  • 15%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 3.3 g
  • 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 11 mg
  • 4%
  • Fat
  • 29.5 g
  • 45%
  • Fiber
  • 1.1 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 7.3 g
  • 15%
  • Sodium
  • 220 mg
  • 9%

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

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