Spinach Pesto

Spinach-Walnut Pesto

Spinach Walnut Pesto

Anti-aging spinach with heart-healthy walnuts and olive oil make this a must-have on your next pasta… or chicken… or fish… or sandwich. - Jenny Jones

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Makes: 1 1/4 cups

Spinach Walnut Pesto


  • 6 ounce bag of pre-washed baby spinach (about 6 cups packed)
  • 2/3 ounce fresh basil leaves, (about 1 cup)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, preferably toasted
  • 3 Tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 - 2/3 cup olive oil


  1. Place all ingredients except olive oil into a food processor.
  2. Process while slowly adding olive oil (this takes about 30 seconds). Scrape the sides of the bowl and process another few seconds.
  3. Refrigerate or freeze until ready to use.

Note: My food processor holds 11 cups and all this fresh spinach fills it right to the top. If yours is too full, just start with half the spinach and add the rest after it reduces.

Note: For freezing tips click here.

7 Comments on "Spinach-Walnut Pesto"

  1. Christin

    Can I use pecans?

  2. Arv

    I found how to freeze Pesto under ‘how to’. Thank you

  3. Arv

    At end of your spinach/walnut pesto, it says ‘click here’ to see freezing tips. When I click, I get a cookie recipe. So, what is best way to freeze pesto?
    Thank you

    • Jenny

      Thanks for letting me know. The link is now working properly.

  4. Beth

    Dear Jenny,

    Could I use frozen spinach instead?

    I love your site!

    All the best,

    • Jenny

      No, you can’t use frozen spinach for pesto. It needs to be fresh.

  5. Denise

    Whoa! This pesto is amazing. Was sceptical about all that spinach however, I really loved this.
    Am freezing half for another time. Don’t know how healthy this was since I kept spooning it into my mouth.
    Good job Jenny!

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