Serve our Lemony Parmesan-Spinach Pesto over pasta for a big hit. Or try Lemony Parmesan-Spinach Pesto as a sandwich spread or served over a cold pasta salad.
What You Need
Original recipe yields 10 servings
1 pkg. (6 oz.) baby spinach leaves
1/2 cup KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese
1/3 cup PLANTERS Slivered Almonds
2 large cloves garlic
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
Zest and juice from 1 lemon
1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
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Let's Make It
Use pulsing action of food processor to process first 4 ingredients until finely chopped.
Mix remaining ingredients in liquid measuring cup. With processor running, slowly add oil mixture to ingredients in food processor, processing after each addition until smooth and well blended.
Serve over hot cooked pasta, using about 1/4 cup prepared pesto for every 2 cups of cooked pasta. For a thinner sauce, stir small amount of reserved pasta cooking water into prepared pesto before spooning over pasta.
For a flavorful sandwich spread, mix 1 tsp. prepared pesto with 1 Tbsp. KRAFT Mayo with Olive Oil Reduced Fat Mayonnaise. Or, mix 1/2 cup prepared pesto with a 24-oz. jar of pasta sauce before heating and serving over hot cooked pasta.
For a spicy twist, substitute 1 pkg. (5 oz.) arugula leaves for the baby spinach. Or, substitute 3 cups each tightly packed fresh spinach and arugula for the 6-oz. pkg. of spinach.
How to Store
Store pesto in tightly covered container in refrigerator up to 5 days. Or for longer storage, freeze up to 2 months; thaw in refrigerator before using.
For a delicious pasta salad, mix 1/4 cup each pesto and KRAFT Mayo with Olive Oil Reduced Fat Mayonnaise, then toss with 2 cups of your favorite cooled cooked pasta. For a larger salad, double or triple all ingredients. Stir in halved grape tomatoes and/or chopped seasonal fresh vegetables for added color and flavor.
Calories From Fat
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g
Saturated Fat 2.5g
Trans Fat 0g
Total Carbohydrates 2g
Dietary Fibers 0.9626g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
10 servings, about 1/4 cup each
* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.