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Golden Onion and Spinach Pesto

Yield 3 cups
The thin layer of olive oil that tops the pesto in each jar hleps preserve the sauce's bright green color.


  • 1 (10-ounce) package fresh spinach
  • 1 (7-ounce) jar oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, undrained
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 2/3 cup olive oil, divided
  • 1 cup freshly grated Romano cheese
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Olive oil

How to Make It

  1. Remove stems from spinach; wash leaves thoroughly and pat dry.

  2. Position knife blade in food processor bowl; add half of spinach and process until finely chopped. Add remaining spinach; process until finely chopped.

  3. Drain sun-dried tomatoes, reserving oil. Coarsely chop tomatoes; set aside.

  4. Cook garlic and onion in 1/4 cup olive oil in a skillet over medium heat, stirring constantly, until tender and golden. Remove from heat. Add half of onion mixture, cheese, walnuts, and salt to spinach in food processor; cover and process until smooth, stopping once to scrape down sides. Add remaining onion mixture. With processor running, gradually add 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil through food chute in a slow steady stream; process until smooth. Stir in sun-dried tomatoes with oil.

  5. Spoon pesto into small glass jars. Cover with a thin layer of additional olive oil. Cover jars with lids and store in refrigerator. Give each jar as a gift with a package of pasta.

  6. Note: To serve, remove lid from jar. Microwave uncovered at HIGH 30 seconds to 1 minute or until throughly heated, stirring once. Toss 2 tablespoons pesto with 1 cup hot cooked pasta.

Christmas with Southern Living 1995