This easy homemade 5 minute pesto recipe tastes absolutely delicious. Simple Spinach Cashew Pesto is great served on pasta, potatoes, crostini or even as a dip!
Simple 5-Minute Spinach Cashew Pesto
So often I use a cream or tomato based sauce for pasta, yet serving it with pesto from time to time changes up the ordinary and packs a punch in flavour. Especially when added to our Pesto Chicken Quesadillas. Now this is a great chicken recipe!
This easy Spinach Pesto recipe takes less than 5 minutes to make, and certainly makes you feel like a professional Italian cook at the same time.
If you are one that usually uses canned pasta sauce, give this a try and see how easy it is to make something new and amazing.
For this particular recipe I used salted roasted cashews, though roasting them is completely optional. Making this using cashews gives pesto a very different flavour to your traditional pesto with pine nuts.
I had some leftover roasted garlic and used it in this recipe too, which in my opinion gave it a much butter flavour than using just plain garlic.
This is just a tip if you have some one hand or want to take that extra step with this recipe.
What to use Pesto for?
While usually I serve it as a sauce for pasta, you can also use on baked potatoes, crostini, or even as a dip for chips!
This is one recipe that I’ve been making for a long time, yet never thought to blog it. Yet it’s the easy and fantastic recipe that I use most, that I’ve been focusing on sharing with my readers – so here you go!
What do you do with pesto?
Check out my Healthy Kale Pesto Pasta recipe, this is a great one that I need to make more often that’s for sure.
If you are craving pasta and want to make a casserole variety, because pop into the oven is so easy, try this Chicken and Spinach Pasta Casserole. You also can’t go wrong with Baked Chicken Spaghetti, it’s always been a top trending recipe on the blog!
- 4 cups baby spinach
- 1/3 cup roasted cashews
- 2 cloves roasted garlic, roasting the garlic is optional
- 1/3 cup olive oil, and an extra drizzle if needed
- 1 tbsp parmesan cheese
- Using a food processor, pulse the spinach, cashews and garlic until finely chopped.
- While the food processor still running, add the olive oil and process until it's smooth and creamy. Add the cheese and quickly pulse one last time.
- I don't think it needed any extra salt... but give it a taste. Serve with your favourite pasta and extra parmesan cheese.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 2 people
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 954Saturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 184mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 4gSugar: 2gProtein: 12g