Spinach Pesto with Roasted Garlic

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These past few weeks have been really crazy. I missed my camera, missed visiting my favorite blogs and there is so much to catch up. In between all the packing and unpacking, I was hardly getting any time to breathe. Yes, we moved to a new apt and we are still settling down. Today, I found some time in hand to share one of our all-time favorite sauce for pasta, favorite spread for bread and favorite dip for the chips – Pesto!

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I don’t remember the first time when I had pesto and how did I react to it. I don’t even remember when it became my favorite. All I know is that it’s easy to make at home, it’s quick and it’s always super-yummy. There are so many different types of pesto sauce that you can never get tired of it. I decided to choose some fresh baby spinach for this recipe.

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I know that basil pesto is more flavorful and yes, we absolutely love the classic pesto. At times, we like to change it up with other herbs and hence, the spinach pesto with roasted garlic. I love garlic in every form but roasted garlic is so out of the worldly delicious and it takes absolutely no effort to make it.

Cut half an inch from the top, put in an aluminum foil, drizzle some olive oil, sprinkle some salt and wrap it up tight. Let it roast in the oven for about 35 minutes at 400F and that’s it!

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If you have never tried spinach pesto with roasted garlic, go ahead and give this a try. It’s not only flavorful but it is also more creamy and sweet.

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Spinach Pesto with Roasted Garlic


  • 2-1/2 cup lightly packed fresh baby spinach, washed and dried
  • 6 cloves roasted garlic
  • 1/2 cup toasted walnut, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil


  1. Roughly chop the spinach. Drop it in the food processor along with all the other ingredients except oil.
  2. Lightly pulse until it's all mixed together.
  3. Keep the food processor running and slowly add oil from the top.
  4. Let it blend till the mixture becomes creamy.
  5. If you are not using the pesto right away, store it in a air-tight jar. It can be refrigerated for about 2 weeks and if you wish to store it longer, you need to freeze it.

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  • Ambika
    February 9, 2012 at 8:47 PM

    I absolutely LOVE roasted garlic!! I can eat it up just like that! The pesto sounds delicious, never tried making pesto with spinach, will try this one.

  • Radhika @ foodfor7stages
    Radhika @ foodfor7stages
    February 9, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    This is something I want to make for the pasta night. Beautiful pics and the reflection on steel bowl is minimal. love it.

  • Reem | Simply Reem
    Reem | Simply Reem
    February 9, 2012 at 9:19 PM

    Beautiful Kankana!!!!
    I can really est this with anything or everything!!!!

    B/W I hope you guys are enjoying ur new apartment, hope to talk to you soon.

  • Athena
    February 9, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    Yay, glad to hear about the move… Hope you’re settling in ok! I think I would’ve looked at the light in a new place to see where to set to shop for all my food shoots 😉 We are garlic freaks but oddly have not had it in roasted form yet. And the hubby has been wanting to make pesto so I think this is a sign!

  • Divya Yadava
    Divya Yadava
    February 9, 2012 at 11:01 PM

    Pesto is one of my fav condiments since it can spruce up any dish.. Lovely photos, yet again!

  • Rosa
    February 9, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    Marvelous! How original. This pesto is not only tasty, but tasty too. I’m craving it now…

    Thanks for your kind words on my blog! Very much appreciated. 🙂


    Rosa xx

  • Vimitha
    February 9, 2012 at 11:27 PM

    Flavorful and healthy dip Kankana. Nice clicks

  • shruti | a spoonful of yumm
    shruti | a spoonful of yumm
    February 10, 2012 at 2:46 AM

    the spinach leaves image is gorgeous…that’s a lot of yummy pesto. yet to try it as bread spread

  • Tes
    February 10, 2012 at 4:17 AM

    Wow I love the freshest green of this pesto. I can see this can be a great dip too?

  • jeyashrisuresh
    February 10, 2012 at 5:36 AM

    I wanted to try this for a long time. nice recipe with beautiful clicks

  • easyfoodsmith
    February 10, 2012 at 8:05 AM

    You love the camera and the camera loves you! Awesome clicks as always. I love garlic and clubbed with spinach it sounds yummy.

  • Jeno @ Week Nite Meals
    Jeno @ Week Nite Meals
    February 10, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    This is so beautiful! I can practically smell the delicious aroma just from looking at the photos!

  • Soni
    February 10, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    Never tried spinach pesto Kankana!I’ve always made basil or sun-dried tomato pesto,but never with spinach.Looks absolutely delicious!Can’t wait to try now 🙂

  • Rose ( Magpie's Recipes)
    Rose ( Magpie's Recipes)
    February 10, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    Oh my gosh! So YUM and I LOVE the pictures!

  • Eha
    February 10, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    A number of us seem to be in the same boat: we all love roasted garlic but have never tried spinach pesto. I also do not usually use walnuts, so cannot wait to try the recipe 😀 !

  • foodwanderings
    February 10, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    Love this pesto Miss Kankana. It is so comforting with pasta. I loved that you used spinach and walnuts to change things around. Bravo!

  • Lannie
    February 10, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    Such a good idea!! All winter I miss the lovely summer days when basil is plentiful, but I certainly can appease myself with spinach pesto instead! I will definitely be making this soon!

  • Kala
    February 10, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    Fantastic shots Kankana, and I am so hungry now!

  • Nami | Just One Cookbook
    Nami | Just One Cookbook
    February 10, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    Spinach pesto! WOW Kankana, I’ve never heard of such pesto! Looks delicious. I might enjoy this one more than basil… not sure but I love spinach. Your photo always have some movements – I know it’s still, but I feel like it tells story or it is alive. I love that feeling from your photos Kankana! I hope what I say makes sense… =P It’s hard to explain in English.

  • Mats
    February 11, 2012 at 2:14 AM

    Great shots, looks really tasty! 🙂

  • Siri
    February 11, 2012 at 8:08 AM

    I am absolutely in love with that stacked baby spinach pic. the addition of roasted garlic gives this simple pesto super-duper flavor. 😀


  • Nash at plateful
    Nash at plateful
    February 11, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    Girl, I’m just drooling at your pictures! Really, I didn’t even read your recipe properly, but I know it’s delicious by the look of your drool-worthy pictures. You gotta let me into your secret 🙂

  • Ameena
    February 11, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    Your photos are really breathtaking…never thought I’d say that about garlic. But it’s the truth! You are super talented my friend, hope the move sorts itself out soon. 🙂

    Have a great weekend!

  • Lubna Karim
    Lubna Karim
    February 11, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Spinach pesto sounds very new and looks extremely delicious…..

  • Jennifer (Delicieux)
    Jennifer (Delicieux)
    February 11, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    I love the sound of spinach pesto. I usually stick to basil pesto, which happens to be my favourite, but spinach and roasted garlic sounds amazing.

    Enjoy your new apartment! I know how disrupting moving can be, but I do love setting everything up all over again.

  • Charles
    February 11, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    I remember well the first time *I* had pesto. I remember being blown away by the flavour. It was like some sort of forbidden pleasure which had been hiding from me all my life! 🙂 Great take on a traditional recipe, with the spinach – love it. Will try it myself next time! Hope you’re enjoying your new apartment! 🙂

  • Angie@Angie's Recipes
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    February 11, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    Love roasted garlic! The pesto sounds really awesome with spinach.

  • Maja
    February 11, 2012 at 10:58 PM

    So amazing Kankana! I don’t know why I haven’t tried spinach pesto yet! We have our own domestic spinach in my grandma’s garden. I will definitely try this recipe! Photos are stunning!
    I do tried roasted garlic, I just love it! Isn’t it full of flavors? Amazing! :)I love your recipes sweetie 🙂

  • sally
    February 12, 2012 at 6:06 AM

    I’ve never had spinach pesto before, but it looks delicious! I especially like the addition of the roasted garlic.

  • Deeps @ Naughty Curry
    Deeps @ Naughty Curry
    February 12, 2012 at 7:23 AM

    love this version of pesto… never tried roasting garlic in the oven, this i have got to try

  • Ira Rodrigues
    Ira Rodrigues
    February 12, 2012 at 7:56 AM

    oh, this recipe is awesome! love it.
    love the photo of spinach, btw enjoy the new apt 🙂

  • Vijitha
    February 12, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    I was lost in the first picture for a long time. I was looking at it and seeing how beautifully you styled it. Bravo!

  • Baker Street
    Baker Street
    February 13, 2012 at 4:11 AM

    Love roasted garlic K! And that shot is stunning! I love pesto but spinach is something I’ve never tried. Thanks for sharing. Will give this a shot next time.

  • mustardseed
    February 13, 2012 at 6:16 AM

    This is such a delicious pesto recipe. Great way to incorporate spinach too!

  • Sukanya
    February 13, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    ah..roasted garlic adds such a rustic flavour to any dish and did you mention spinach pesto..wow how innovative, with walnut must have tasted great. and I think your camera misses you more 😀

  • tigerfish
    February 13, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    Homemade pesto with fresh and warm bread! I can be easily contented.

  • Roxana GreenGirl { A little bit of everything}
    Roxana GreenGirl { A little bit of everything}
    February 13, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    spinach pesto!?! wow! I would have never thought about it. And the roasted garlic, mmm. I always roast some garlic just so i can have it with some olive oil and fresh bread.
    enjoy your new apartment! wishing you a sweet Valentine’s day!

  • Tadka Pasta
    Tadka Pasta
    February 13, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    What a wonderful change from basil, especially in winter. It looks really vibrant and delicious, Kankana!

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen
    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen
    February 13, 2012 at 8:12 PM

    I like the idea of adding roasted garlic to pesto, must try!

  • Sanjeeta kk
    Sanjeeta kk
    February 14, 2012 at 7:50 AM

    This looks awesome..lovely color and just yum!

  • Asmita
    February 14, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    This looks and sounds wonderful! Would love to eat this with pasta. The photos , as usual are gorgeous.

  • Juliana
    February 14, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    This spinach pesto looks and sounds awesome, love the roasted garlic in it…I already can picture this pesto over a dish of pasta…yummie!
    Hope you are having a wonderful week Kankana 🙂

  • Namitha
    February 14, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    Glad to hear that you settled well in the new place 🙂 Packing and unpacking is no fun !
    This is a great twist to the classic pesto. mmm,I can smell the flavor of roasted garlic 🙂

  • Marsha @ The Harried Cook
    Marsha @ The Harried Cook
    February 14, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    Hi Kankana… That’s an absolutely delicious looking bottle of pesto! I have heard of Spinach being used for pesto, but I have never made it or even tasted it… And your photographs are just beautiful! Great post 🙂

    I was going through my google reader looking through posts I may have missed and realized my reader hasn’t updated your site in ages! I don’t know what that happened! So now I have resubscribed, and hopefully I should get regular updates now!

  • Anzz
    February 15, 2012 at 4:27 AM

    I love the flavor of roasted garlic. The pesto looks delicious and the clicks are amazing..

    My event- Valentines Day Special

  • Priya
    February 15, 2012 at 6:24 AM

    Lovely photography…the green really stands out! Cant believe that u make everything from pesto to jam, at home on regular basis.

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com
    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com
    February 15, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Beautiful photos — I’ve made spinach pesto as well, and it’s just as delicious as basil pesto. Hoping you get settled into your new home soon 🙂

  • Only fish recipes
    Only fish recipes
    February 15, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    The pesto sounds n looks so so delicious…..love the vibrant color !

  • Malli
    February 15, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    Welcome back Kankana,
    You have a glorious looking pesto —a favorite of mine too:)

  • Magic of Spice
    Magic of Spice
    February 17, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    What a gorgeous and flavorful pesto! The photos are just beautiful as well!

  • Priya
    February 17, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    looks like we also had the same glass jars to store the pesto in! Ihe pesto looks vibrantly green Kankana and the roasted garlic is delicious. I got some arugula from the farmer’s market last night, I’ll try a small batch with it and see how it turns out.

  • Tanvi @ The Hathi Cooks
    Tanvi @ The Hathi Cooks
    February 18, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    This looks amazing. I love roasted garlic and I’m sure that these flavors are amazing. I’ll have to make this soon!

  • Sawsan @ chef in disguise
    Sawsan @ chef in disguise
    February 23, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    I have never tried pesto except for the basil one and I really think it is time to change that.
    Congrats on the new apartments 🙂

  • Rose ( Magpie's Recipes)
    Rose ( Magpie's Recipes)
    February 29, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    I like opening up this post and just looking at the pics 🙂 They are so pretty!

  • Shabs
    March 3, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Wowowo , this looks super delish !!!! I gotta try this 🙂

  • mjskit
    March 3, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    I’m sold! I have a jar of roasted garlic in the fridge just waiting to join some spinach in the blender. This looks SO GOOD!!!!

  • Ananda Rajashekar
    Ananda Rajashekar
    March 5, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    Gosh, these pic’s are FANTASTIC babes, i’m series drooling stack of spinach won my heart!!

  • Patsy Bell Hobson
    Patsy Bell Hobson
    June 28, 2012 at 12:05 AM

    I grow about 6 different kinds of pesto, dearly love it. You spinach version will be a great way to store my abundant crops of garlic and spinach. This winter, I will treasure this recipe. Love your blog.

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