Spinach Pesto

Spinach Pesto
Spinach Pesto with Bowties – This is a delicious, healthy, super quick fix for dinner!

Something you should know, I am a sucker for bowtie pasta, it’s just so cute. And the sad news is that I can’t find gluten free bowtie pasta, so I buy regular gluten-filled bowties for Ryan and let him have all the fun. But this spinach pesto sauce could be paired with any type of pasta noodle.

When I say this is a super quick fix for dinner, I mean boil the pasta and while that’s happening, blend the rest of the ingredients in a food processor (or blender, but food processors are pretty handy!).

Spinach Pesto
Now that I am growing my own basil in my pallet garden (check out how I recycled an old shipping pallet into a garden wall here!) this recipe is super easy because it doesn’t even need fresh spinach, it calls for frozen.

Oh yeah, and it calls for these guys – pine nuts!

Spinach Pesto

Spinach Pesto


  • 12 oz pasta
  • 1 package, 10 oz frozen chopped spinach, thawed
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese, plus more for garnish
  • 2 tbsp pine nuts
  • 2 garlic cloves, mined
  • 1 tsp grated lemon zest
  • 2 tbsp juice from lemon
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 5-6 basil leaves


  1. Cook the pasta until al dente.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, put thawed spinach, parmesan, pine nuts, garlic, lemon zest and lemon juice in a food processor.
  3. Process until a paste forms.
  4. While it's running, add the olive oil, process for 1 minute.
  5. Drain the pasta and return to the same pot.
  6. Add the spinach pesto sauce to the pasta, toss and serve with additional parmesan cheese.

Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart


Spinach Pesto
We love trying new pasta recipes and really liked this one. We’re going to try a parsley pesto sauce next!

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24 Responses to “Spinach Pesto”

  1. Madonna/aka/Ms. Lemon — September 1, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    This is one of my favorite meals. May I suggest – Give those pine nuts a little toasting and it kicks up the flavor so much. Be careful they will burn if you don’t watch carefully.

    • The First Year Blog — September 1, 2013 at 11:12 pm

      Wowza, great idea, thanks!

  2. Helen @lovelyandloving — September 3, 2013 at 10:35 am

    I love pesto and pasta. Such an easy recipe! I’ve pinned this and hope to try it soon. Thank you for sharing!

  3. My husband and I looooooove pesto on anything! I’ll have to try this pesto out just because it seems so simple! Thanks!

    *Visiting from Take it on Tuesday at Romance on a Dime*

  4. jillinamillion — September 4, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    Oh yum Beth – that looks delicious! And what is it about bow pasta? My husband loves it too and I have to get it all the time (I like shells myself .. :) )

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  5. This looks so yummy! I LOVE pesto…haven’t made a homemade pesto that I love yet, so I need to try this one. Thanks so much. I’m sharing this via my social media sites today. Thanks so much for linking up at my link party.

    • The First Year Blog — September 5, 2013 at 12:18 pm

      Hi KC! Thanks for sharing this on your social media sites!

  6. MJ and Tim (@mjandhungryman) — September 5, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    Yum! I love adding spinach to pesto! Hehe and I like bowtie pasta as well. My husband and I are also growing basil along with tomatoes in our very tiny garden. They are out of control! Let’s just say I’ve been freezing a lot of pesto ;). Beth, I’m so glad you left a comment on my FB as it led me to your wonderful page!…unfortunately I’m in FB jail and can’t like or comment on others page. I’ll like you back as soon as I get out! Look forward to following you! It’s also nice to “meet” another sister in Christ! Hope you have a blessed day ;)

    • The First Year Blog — September 5, 2013 at 9:44 pm

      What, FB jail?! Oh no! It is always great to meet another sister in Christ, thanks for coming by!

  7. Krista @ the happy housie — September 6, 2013 at 12:00 am

    Looks super delicious!! Pinning:) Thanks so much for sharing at Work it Wednesday this week:) Hope to see you back!

  8. Natashalh — September 6, 2013 at 7:08 am

    This looks so refreshing and veggie filled! I enjoy that you used bowtie noodles. They’re my favorite and I think they’re way under used.

    • The First Year Blog — September 6, 2013 at 7:22 am

      I totally agree!

  9. Roxanne — September 8, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    Can you use fresh baby spinach or does it have to be frozen?

    • The First Year Blog — September 8, 2013 at 10:05 pm

      The original recipe called for frozen, and I have only tried it with frozen. But I bet it would be okay!

  10. Libby — September 8, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    I love pesto sauce. I’ve never tried it with spinach before. This is definitely a great alternative to seasons when fresh basil is not in abundance. Thanks for the idea! *Stopping by from the Posed Perfection Link Up*

  11. This looks amazing and it reminds me of the recipe I linked to the Pin It Party called Spinach Surprise! Looks like a must try for my family! I pinned it for sure! :)


  12. amusingtoashley — September 9, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    Mmmmm, I love the idea of a spinach pesto! Can’t wait to try it!

  13. Jenny Casteel Unternahrer — September 9, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    Nice twist on pesto! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday linky party!

  14. Ginger — September 10, 2013 at 6:55 am

    Thanks for sharing this at Gingerly Made’s Show & Tell. You’ve been featured! http://www.gingerlymade.com/2013/09/show-tell-features_10.html

  15. Maria Matter — September 10, 2013 at 11:03 am

    love that you used bow ties…too fun! spinach is my fav so I’ll be trying this, thank you!

  16. Lisa-The Domestic Life Stylist — September 12, 2013 at 6:35 am

    I love bowtie pasta too and Martha Stewart. For some reason, I am not seeing your hyper links. What awesome photos!

    • The First Year Blog — September 12, 2013 at 8:20 am

      You have to hover over the text for the hyper link to appear. I’ve been trying to change that but can’t figure it out quite yet.

  17. cheeriosandlattes1 — September 13, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    Beth this looks delicious; I can’t wait to try spinach pesto! Sounds delicious! :)


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