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Presto Pesto with Spinach, Walnuts, and Flaxseeds

Presto Pesto with Spinach, Walnuts, and Flaxseeds

So quick, so easy, and–in this case–so wonderfully good for you, pesto helps you make supper in a flash. You can put it on your favorite pasta or pizza. It gives extra pizzazz to rice, quinoa, or potatoes. It transforms bruschetta into a super-simple but very tasty appetizer. And this particular pesto delivers a nutritional bonanza with lutein-packed spinach and oh-so-important omega-3 oils from flaxseeds and walnuts.

All this, and it tastes delicious, too. Read the recipe for this Florentine-style pesto for all your cooking needs, here.

1/4 cup walnuts, baked for about 7 minutes in a 375F oven until lightly toasted
3 tablespoons flaxseeds
4 cups spinach leaves, packed (use can use frozen, thawed, if fresh spinach is unavailable)
1 or 2 cloves garlic, depending on how much you like it
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/3 cup freshly-grated Parmesan
1/2 cup water
3/4 teaspoon coarse sea salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper

1. Grind the walnuts and flaxseeds together in a food processor for about 1 minute. Add spinach, garlic, olive oil, Parmesan, water, salt, and pepper, processing until the mixture is smooth.

2. To use, add the desired amount to cooked pasta, adding some of the reserved pasta-cooking water if needed for consistency.

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12:15AM PDT on May 11, 2013

thanks for sharing

9:36AM PDT on Apr 19, 2013

This sounds like a must try thanks!!!

3:36PM PDT on Aug 17, 2012


6:10AM PDT on Jun 4, 2012

Thanks for the recipe.

6:02PM PDT on May 9, 2012


11:31PM PDT on Apr 25, 2012


1:39AM PST on Mar 10, 2012

Thank you

3:21PM PST on Dec 6, 2011

Thank you for the great recipe..

2:37AM PDT on Aug 29, 2011

Flaxseeds in pesto is good! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

10:08PM PDT on Jul 31, 2011

I love flaxseed. Thanks for the recipe.

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