Spinach-Basil Pesto

Makes 1/2 cup

Sauteed spinach gives this classic basil pesto a wintery feel. Hazelnuts bring out the basil's sweet side, and freshly grated Pecorino adds a savory tang that Parmesan can't match. This blend will wake up any sleepy omelet.


  • 1 teaspoon plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 clove garlic, sliced

  • 4 ounces baby spinach

  • ½ cup basil leaves

  • 1 tablespoon hazelnuts, toasted and skinned

  • 2 tablespoon freshly grated Pecorino Romano

  • Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a medium pan over medium heat. Add garlic and cook until tender, but not browned, about 1 minute. Add spinach and cook, stirring, until wilted and bright green, about 1 minute.

  2. Remove spinach from pan using a slotted spoon and let cool slightly. Squeeze out excess moisture from spinach, then pulse with basil, hazelnuts, Pecorino, and 2 tablespoons oil in a food processor until combined. Season with salt and pepper.

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