Spinach Basil Pesto Sauce

Spinach Basil Pesto | A Teaspoon of Happiness

This recipe is not dairy free. It was published before Simply Whisked went dairy free, but I have chosen not to remove it as a reference for incoming traffic. Feel free to swap dairy free substitutes for the ingredients to make it dairy free.

You guys know that I like pesto right? Are you sure? Ok. Because if you don’t already know, I’ll be glad to tell you again. I love it. I mentioned last week, when I posted my recipe for Smoked Turkey Pesto Pasta Salad, that I would share my recipe for my favorite pesto sauce, spinach basil pesto, and now I am. It really is my favorite. It’s my favorite because it’s the best. It’s the best because it’s adding the spinach makes the basil go a lot farther, and basil can be expensive. Even when I grow my own, there’s never enough.

Spinach Basil Pesto | A Teaspoon of Happiness
This recipe makes it easy for you to enjoy any of your favorite pesto-based meals for a lot cheaper. It’s a 2:1 ratio of spinach to basil, so whatever you make will be extra green. I also opted to skip the pine nuts – although you’re more than welcome to use them yourself if you want – and I went for sliced almonds this time. In the past, I’ve used walnuts and even mixed cocktail nuts in a pinch. You really can’t go wrong, but I would steer clear of straight up peanuts since the flavor is so overwhelming.

Spinach Basil Pesto | A Teaspoon of Happiness
Next up for my pesto crazy self? Pesto fries inspired by the ones I just had at a local restaurant!


Spinach Basil Pesto Sauce

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: about 2 cups


  • 2 cups basil leaves (2.5 ounce package)
  • 4 cups spinach leaves
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 2/3 cup grated pecorino romano cheese


  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.


  • Calories: 0
  • Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 0 mg
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 0 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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  • Reply
    Amy | Club Narwhal
    April 16, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Oh, I am so with you–pesto for life! I love that you bulk things up with spinach, especially since basil runs out so quickly in our house 🙂 We made pesto over the weekend and it was gone in pretty much a split second.

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    Fawn @ Cowen Park Kitchen
    April 17, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    I love this idea! I too am a pesto-maniac. I’ve made parsley pesto, cilantro pesto, kale pesto, broccoli pesto…so many lovely green options!

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    April 30, 2014 at 10:40 am

    Hey –

    Quick question regarding the basil and spinach. Do you pack it in, and that’s 1 cup….or is it just lightly measured by not shoving it in?


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      Melissa Belanger
      May 1, 2014 at 2:51 pm

      You don’t have to pack it in. Just fill the measuring cup so that there isn’t a ton of space for air. 🙂

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