While traditional basil pesto uses fresh basil and parmesan cheese, this recipe also includes fresh baby spinach.

The addition of fresh spinach adds in extra veggies. It’s also a great way to use up any spinach that is starting to go bad in your fridge.

Fresh basil has such a strong flavor that it completely covers up any taste of spinach so no one will know that you snuck in an extra veggie.

To make this basil spinach pesto, here’s what you need:

  • Fresh basil
  • Baby spinach
  • Pecorino Romano cheese
  • Garlic (fresh whole garlic cloves are the best for this recipe)
  • Red pepper flakes (you could leave these out if you prefer)
  • Pine nuts (you can toast these for extra flavor!)
  • Olive oil
  • Lemon juice and zest
  • Salt