This recipe is my all time favorite pesto. It is adapted from the wonderful author and syndicated columnist Diane Rossen Worthington’s recipe in her cookbook, A Taste of Summer. It is delicious on pasta, in our Smoked Salmon Chopped Salad, on pizza, and in a goat cheese torte.

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Spinach Basil Pesto Recipe

  • Yield: Makes 1 cup 1x


  • 2 medium to large garlic cloves
  • 1 1/4 cups packed fresh basil leaves (around 1.5 to 2 ounces)
  • 1 cup packed fresh spinach leaves
  • 1/4 cup Italian parsley
  • 3 tablespoons toasted pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. In a food processor, process the garlic cloves until pureed. Add the basil, spinach, parsley and pine nuts and process until finely chopped. With the motor running, slowing add the olive oil in a fine stream and process until the oil is absorbed. Add the cheese; process until incorporated. Season to taste with salt and pepper.


Make ahead: pesto can be stored for a few weeks, covered, in the refrigerator. Bring to room temperature before using.


Lee Clayton Roper


I’m Lee Clayton Roper, and I’m passionate about making cooking and entertaining easy, elegant and fun. Here you’ll find scrumptious recipes, helpful tips and seasonal menus that will spark inspiration in your kitchen!
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