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How to Cook Spinach Pesto Pasta Using Alternative Ingredients

Updated on August 1, 2019
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I am a chef on a luxury world cruise liner. I love to cook and write recipes that are inspired by foods from all over the world.

spinach pesto pasta using other alternative ingredients
spinach pesto pasta using other alternative ingredients | Source

Pesto is a sauce originated in Genoa, Liguria, Italy. The traditional pesto recipe consists of garlic, pine nuts, parmesan cheese, olive oil, and basil leaves. In this recipe, I make use of alternative ingredients to create my own Spinach Pesto. Check out my recipe for homemade pesto pasta.

pesto recipe without pine nuts
pesto recipe without pine nuts | Source


For the Sauce:

  • 1 cup spinach leaves
  • 1/4 cup cooking oil, any kind
  • 1/4 cup salted cheese, any kind
  • 2 tablespooms peanut
  • 1 clove garlic
  • salt, as needed
  • pepper, as needed

For the Pasta:

  • 200 grams spaghetti noodles
  • salt
  • water


For Preparing:

  • medium bowl
  • 3 small bowl
  • small plate
  • measuing cups
  • measuring spoons
  • grater

For Cooking

  • strainer
  • bowl
  • pot
  • pan
  • tongs

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 25 min
Yields: 2 to 3 servings


  1. Toast peanuts in a pan until oil starts to appear. Set aside.
  2. In a blender, put chese, garlic, peanuts, spinach, salt, pepper, and oil
  3. Blend until smooth. Set aside.
  4. Bring to boil water seasoned with oil in a pot.
  5. Add spaghetti pasta. Cook until tender.
  6. Remove pasta from water once cooked. Set aside.
  7. In a pan, heat the spinach pesto sauce. Add cooked pasta. Toss until everything is well-combined.
  8. Season with salt and pepper if needed.
  9. Serve while still hot. Sprinkle additional cheese on top.
pesto recipe pasta
pesto recipe pasta | Source

Tips and Techniques

  1. Serve pasta with toasted garlic bread.
  2. Toast nuts to bring out its flavors.
  3. Use any salty variety of cheese to replace the parmesan.
  4. Choose any other healthy oil aside from olive oil.
  5. Adjust salt and pepper based on taste.
  6. Cook pasta until al dente or until cooked but still firm.

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