April 19, 2010

Personal Spinach Pesto Pizzas

A couple weeks ago, when Butternut Squash Lasagna, I WAY over bought the spinach. Like we've made the recipe twice now and I still have too much spinach. I know pesto can be frozen really well and I didn't want to waste any spinach, so I decided to make some spinach pesto.

The Hubs and I are pretty pick when it comes to the thickness of our pizza crust. I like thin and he likes thick. We attempted to make our own pizza with the pre-made dough from Trader Joe's but we weren't happy with the way the crust turned out... probably due to lack of patience on our parts, but I found a tastier alternative - Sourdough English Muffins (also from Trader Joe's).

How do you make them? First make the pesto...

Spinach Pesto
adapted from this on the simple me

3 cups of raw spinach, packed tight
1/2 cup raw walnuts
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup fresh basil
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 tbsp honey
fresh ground salt & pepper, to taste

1 - In a food processor, combine nuts, cheese, garlic & honey. Pulse until they make a paste.
2 - Add spinach, pulse a few times.
3 - Add basil, pulse a few times.
4 - Slowly add olive oil until it’s a creamy consistency – but small chunks of spinach are fine.
5 - Add salt & pepper to taste.

Next make the pizza...

Personal Spinach Pesto Pizzas
by Ali at Hisbirdie's Nest

Spinach Pesto
Sourdough English Muffins
Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese
Sliced Tomato



{ Joy } said...

I will def try this now that Ken got a Massive BAG of spinach! hehe I ran out of ideas on how to incorporate spinach =)

Katie said...
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Katie said...

THANK YOU for this! We absolutely loved it and are using the rest of the pesto for pasta.

The only difference i did was put them under broiler instead of microwave cuz i like my cheese a little crispy.

ps. love the new blog design. I know firsthand how talented Joy is!

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