If you have ever cooked with pesto, you already know very well how expensive it is. It can cost you between 6 to 8 dollars for a single recipe! What you might not know, though, is how easy it can be made at home with a wide variety of ingredients.
All you need is a green vegetable or herb, a strong flavored dry cheese, nuts, fresh garlic, olive oil and kosher salt, that’s it!
You can basically mix and match the first three ingredients as you like (some green veggies and herbs will not work, though, I strongly advise doing a google search beforehand, just to make sure!).
You can make a jar of pesto for a very low price, and it will stay good for about 6 months in the freezer; 1 week in the fridge. When kept in the fridge, pour a thin layer of extra virgin olive oil on top of it to make sure it keeps its vibrant green color.
Tip: Freeze your homemade pesto in ice cube trays!
This is also a very healthy recipe, high in healthy fats and full of essential nutrients! Spinach is rich in various vitamins, minerals and protein.
It is full of antioxidants, protecting your body from cancer-causing free radicals, mainly in the colon. Spinach is also full of folate, which helps prevent cardiovascular diseases.
Spinach & Cashews Homemade Pesto
- 2 cups Packed Spinach Leaves
- 2 Garlic Cloves
- 2/3 cup Cashews or pine nuts
- 1 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil add more for a smoother texture
- 2/3 cup Parmesan Cheese
- 1 pinch Kosher Salt