Pistachio and spinach pesto

Pistachio and spinach pesto
You are no doubt familiar with classic pesto, made with basil and pine nuts. Here's a winter version with spinach and pistachios that's just as delicious.
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Last modified on: January 16th 2022

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For 500 g, you will need:
  • 1 pistachios 100 g pistachios
  • 2 fresh spinach 200 g fresh spinach
  • 3 Parmesan (Parmigiano Reggiano) 100 g Parmesan (Parmigiano Reggiano)
  • 4 lemon ½ lemon
  • 5 vitamin C 2 g vitamin C (optional)
  • 6 olive oil 100 g olive oil
  • 7 salt salt
  • 8 pepper pepper
  • Total weight: 565 grams

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Time required for this recipe:
PreparationCookingStart to finish
19 min.15 min.34 min.
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Step by step recipe

Stage 1 - 15 min.
Pistachio and spinach pesto
Preheat the oven to 300°F (150°C).

Spread 100 g pistachios out on a baking sheet and toast in the oven for 15 minutes.

Stage 2 - 15 min.
Pistachio and spinach pesto
Prepare 200 g fresh spinach and drain well, but leave raw.

Stage 3 - 2 min.
Pistachio and spinach pesto
Put the spinach in a high-sided jug or bowl with the cooled pistachios, the sliced (or grated) 100 g Parmesan (Parmigiano Reggiano), the juice and zest of ½ lemon, 2 g vitamin C (if possible), 100 g olive oil, salt and pepper.

Stage 4 - 2 min.
Pistachio and spinach pesto
Use a stick blender to blend thoroughly until evenly mixed, adding a little more olive oil if necessary to get the right consistency.

Check the seasoning.

Stage 5
Pistachio and spinach pesto
Your spinach and pistachio pesto is ready. If not using it immediately, keep in a sealed jar in the fridge.
It's not absolutely necessary to toast the pistachios so, if you are in a hurry, just add them raw. Do however try to make sure they at least have the skins off.

As always with pesto, the amounts stated are for guidance, so feel free to adapt to suit your taste.
Several days in the fridge in a sealed jar.
Home made.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
2,005 Kcal or 8,395 Kj66 gr33 gr179 gr
100 %25 %3 %27 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
355 Kcal or 1,486 Kj12 gr6 gr32 gr
18 %4 %1 %5 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).
Possible allergens in this recipe: Nuts, Milk
How much will it cost?
  • For 500 g : 4.27 €

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