Faux Pesto

Faux Pesto

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"Not your usual pesto. Everyone will be surprised when they learn the secret ingredients."


10 m servings 113 cals
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Original recipe yields 16 servings



  • Calories:
  • 113 kcal
  • 6%
  • Fat:
  • 11.1 g
  • 17%
  • Carbs:
  • 1.2g
  • < 1%
  • Protein:
  • 2.5 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 4 mg
  • 1%
  • Sodium:
  • 82 mg
  • 3%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Mix the spinach, pecans, garlic, Parmesan cheese, and lemon juice in the bowl of a food processor; stream the olive oil into the mixture as it blends. Season with salt and pepper.
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  1. 19 Ratings


I'm the author of the recipe to answer some questions...You do not need a full 1/2 cup of EVOO...use to your desired consistency. I use shredded parm (either fresh shredded or pre-shredded) not ...

Excellent recipe when you need to be a little creative. I live in a place where pine nuts and basil are hard to come by. Using spinach leaves and pecans worked perfectly for me! Thanks!

At first I was a little bit skeptical about pesto without basil leaves. But this was a pleasant surprise! It tasted great! And it's a lot cheaper than buying basil! I would recommend adding ...

Delicious! Great way to use up fresh spinach. I used walnuts instead of pecans (since I had those on hand) and it was great!

Great recipe! Mild, yet fairly flavorful. Very easy to make. I minced the garlic before adding to the food processor for fear of getting a chunk of raw garlic in the sauce. Thanks for postin...

I thought this was great and my wife who says she does not like Pesto sauce said she loved it. I made it exactly as stated only I used frozen spinich and soy nuts because of nut allergies. So ea...

I followed all the directions/ingredients, except I only had almonds on hand. Still turned out great, and super easy :)

Had a good flavor but was difficult to make since my food processor is small and I couldn't stream in the oil until I transferred it to a blender. Probably won't make again because of that but ...

Great recipe! Very flavorful. I used pine nuts instead of pecans, and I'm glad I did. Also I chopped the spinach by hand instead of using the food processor, and mixed everything else in separ...