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Spinach spring onion pesto! A Seasonal pesto!

on 15/07/2014
Vegan, Gluten-free spinach & spring onion pesto!

Vegan, Gluten-free spinach & spring onion pesto!

Yesterday, I made this glorious spinach spring onion pesto! The pesto itself is Vegan, Vegetarian, Dairy-free & Gluten-free!

To make it completely Vegan, combine with tofu, seitan, tempeh or so! πŸ™‚

To make it completely Gluten-free, use GF penne! πŸ™‚

Setved with spelt penne & fried organic chicken pieces!

Served with spelt penne & fried organic chicken pieces!

Recipe: For about 650-700 ml pesto


4 fat spring onions, cleaned, white & green parts used, cut into smaller rings

2 fat cloves of garlic, peeled & finely cut up

1 cup toasted walnuts

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

20 grins of finely milled black pepper

zest of 1/2 unwaxed lemon

1/2 teaspoon herbed sea salt

1/2 teaspoon Maldon sea salt

200 gr cleaned, washed, spun dry spinach, big stalks removed ( weighted when spun dry )

4 tablespoons of a fruity extra virgin olive oil

To serve: cooked white spelt penne + fried organic chicken pieces, fried into a fruity extra virgin olive oil, seasoned with Maldon sea salt & black pepper


1. Take your food processor & add chopped spring onions, garlic, toasted walnuts, garlic powder, sea salt, herbed salt, lemon zest & 15 grins of pepper. Pulse until it is finely mixed. Add your spinach leaves & push them into the base of the food processor. Pulse again & again until it all comes beautifully together! From time to time, you need to stop your food processor & push the spinach into the base, near the blade. Pulse again. Now, pour your olive oil gradually into the funnel. Stop, if the pesto is to your liking! I only added 4 tablespoons because I don’t like my pesto too runny.Β It must look something like this:



Taste! It has to taste fabulous!!! I added 5 grins of black pepper extra! πŸ™‚Β You must taste the walnuts, the lemon zest & then spinach-spring onion mix. MMMM! Serve instantly on hot cooked spelt penne & with your chicken pieces, scattered around the outside of your pasta plate. I like to mingle the fresh pesto into my pasta tubes, it is even more yummier this way ( not pictured ) Enjoy! πŸ™‚

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66 responses to “Spinach spring onion pesto! A Seasonal pesto!

  1. A very unique touch to the pesto. πŸ™‚

  2. This sounds amazing! I will definitely be giving this recipe a go πŸ™‚

  3. I love all different kinds of pesto. Can’t wait to give this a try!

  4. Never tried pesto with spring onion.. unique and sounds delicious.. Thanks for sharing !

  5. looks delicious! Want to try …thank You!

  6. Must give this one a try

  7. Fabulous!! It must taste amazing ☺️

  8. uberdish says:

    Mmmm – looking forward to trying this pesto very soon!

  9. A great addition to pesto πŸ˜€

    Choc Chip Uru

  10. coconutcraze says:

    Love this pesto with the addition of spring onions. I have to try this!

  11. Sounds perfect for pasta Sophie πŸ™‚

  12. boeddhamum says:

    Sounds so delicious Sophie, I will try it and let you know!!

  13. am going to try this when am making pasta next time….i made peanut pesto this morning, got to see your post after that am gonna bookmark this and try ASAP…..yuuuuuuuuuuuum. <3<3

  14. Liz says:

    fantastic, Sophie. Great flavors and color!

  15. Love the addition of spring onion in pesto:)

  16. Koko says:

    Rhys and I were eating pesto tonight and commenting on how much we both love it. I was explaining to him how fun it is to switch up the ingredients and use different greens or nuts. I love that you used spring onions here- I haven’t seen that before!! It looks so yummy on the pasta!

  17. Lauzan says:

    it looks amazing, Sophie!!! wow!

  18. Seasonal, health and no doubt very tasty. What’s not to like Sophie!

  19. Deena Kakaya says:

    Sophie this looks so gorgeously garden fresh. X

  20. Lovely, Sophie! The color is gorgeous and I can tell from the ingredient list that it’s packed with flavor!

  21. apsara says:

    what a nice twist to the usual pesto. Lovely flavors!

  22. Yum, this pesto looks delicious! I don’t like mine too runny either!

  23. Wow sophie!This looks amazing….I want it now!!Shannu

  24. Johanna says:

    I made it yesterday & my whole family loved it! πŸ™‚ xxx

  25. Jill says:

    I made it today & my husband & 2 kids loved it! It was so spring like delicious! x

  26. timethief says:

    I can tell we are going to love this recipe. Thanks so much for sharing it.

  27. Yummy! I will have to make this!

  28. Kira Jacobs says:

    YUMO! This sounds amazing hun πŸ™‚

  29. mmmarzipan says:

    what an amazing pesto recipe! I love it!!! xx

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