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Thank you for stopping by Recipes for our Daily Bread to see this delicious Garlic Pesto recipe.  It is super easy and you can use it to make so many different entrees.

I never liked pesto until I fixed this Homemade Garlic Pesto.  I used it to make several different Pesto Pastas.

This recipe change my view of pesto sauce.



This year I have been trying to eat more fruits and vegetables.  I know that  fruits and vegetables have so many heath benefits, but often it is difficult to get the daily recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables into our diets.  To be honest, this Garlic Pesto & Pesto Cream Tortellini Pasta is probably the most healthy recipe my family has ever had.  I am not a health nut.  We do eat healthy recipes, and I have blogged about several of them lately, but I am from the south.  Everyone knows that southern recipes are not always healthy.  If you have time, check out my blog, and you will find a variety of recipes.  Most of the recipes on my blog will be very easy to make which is a top priority in my house.  I truly am trying to eat better and serve my family healthier food.  The one thing I like about eating healthy is most recipes are super easy to make.  I love quick and easy recipes.  This Garlic Pesto was quick, easy, delicious, and super healthy.  A winner!

One of the best ways to get loads of vitamins is to eat plenty of green leafy vegetables.

I have never liked pesto which is all green leafy vegetables, so I decided to find a good recipe and kick it up.  I adapted this Garlic Basil & Spinach Pesto recipe from Ina Garten’s Pesto Recipe  from food Network.  This pesto has 3 cups fresh spinach and 2 cups fresh basil.  Ina’s recipe called for 5 cups of basil.  I always have plenty of fresh spinach on hand that my family loves, so I decided to exchange it for some of the basil.  When you have this much green leafy vegetables, I had to find a way to make it taste great.  I decided to kick up the garlic.

We get our daily amount of vegetables in our diets with this pesto.  It makes 4 cups of extremely healthy leafy vegetables.

Things To Make With Pesto

We ate pesto with several different pastas including fusilli, bow tie, and rotini.  They were all good, but this Pesto Cream Tortellini Pasta was our favorite.  I used Buitoni Tortellini that was stuffed with spinach and ricotta which was delicious!  I love the fresh pasta you can find in the refrigerator section of your grocery store.

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Homemade Garlic Pesto

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time5 hrs 27 mins
Course: entree
Cuisine: American
Author: Diane @Recipesforourdailybread


  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cups pine nuts
  • 4 tablespoons chopped garlic - 12 cloves
  • 3 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 2 cups fresh basil
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 cups olive oil
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan


  • In a food process, I used my Vitamix, add the walnuts, pine nuts, and garlic.
  • Process until smooth about 30 seconds.
  • Add the basil and spinach leaves, salt, and pepper.
  • Slow pour the olive oil through the top of the feed tube.
  • Process until completely blended.
  • Add the cup of Parmesan cheese until blended.

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  1. I think this has got to be the creamiest and greenest pesto I’ve seen, which is a very refreshing scene for summer. It resembles my green smoothie.

  2. Oh, I love me some good pesto. This recipe looks delicious–I never thought to make it creamy either, but basil in just everything is always alright in my book 🙂 Hope you enjoyed your SITS day!!

  3. Fresh spinach is abounding right now on the farm…I can’t wait to try this fabulous dish. Isn’t life grand? We get to experience all the deliciousness and goodness that God created. Thanks for sharing!

    • Shari,

      You make me want to have a garden so bad. I would love to pick fresh everything that God made. I love spinach, but I have never like pesto. I am a fan now. This garlic pesto was truly good.

      Diane Roark

  4. Not a pesto fan here to be honest, but Kevin is and will definitely try to make this soon for him. Thank you for sharing and you know I am totally pinning now, too 🙂

    • Janine,

      I was not a pesto fan either, but I kicked this pesto up with lots of flavor. It you decide to make pesto be sure to try this recipe. I am not sure, but it seems like a weeks worth of vegetables in this recipe which means it is GREAT for you too. I am just kidding about the weeks worth.

      Thank you so much for stopping by and being so faithful to me.

      Diane Roark


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