Very easy recipe to make and the pesto is absolutely delightful! I left out the fresh thyme (didn't miss it), added extra garlic (for personal tastes) and added quartered grape tomatoes to the pasta water for the last 5 minutes of boil time to give it a little color / additional veggies. Overall, I would definitely make this one again, but I did think the pesto was a bit dry, so I would recommend leaving some pasta water in the pot after draining to help lighten the sauce and get a nice even coat on the noodles. Also, I tried to go a bit healthier and used whole wheat pasta in this one - disaster; the wheat flavor overwhelms the pesto (even with the strong herbs & garlic), so definitely don't try this one with whole wheat pasta. Served with some simple seasoned and grilled chicken; very filling and great portion sizes. A keeper; enjoy!
Linguine with Spinach-Herb Pesto
jmeleeS Posted: 04/04/13
danidemi Posted: 03/01/13
This sauce was delicious!! Definitely earthy and rich as the description states. I doubled the recipe, afraid I wouldn't have enough sauce and let me tell you.....a little goes a LONG way with this sauce!! I also used a small food processor so it was kind of messy.
TheMomChef Posted: 03/18/13
Absolutely fantastic! I love pesto but find the original version to be too overpoweringly basil. This remedies that and creates a dish the entire family can enjoy. The almond blends deliciously with the basil and spinach. It was a glorious meal. You can read my full review at Taking On Magazines: http://bit.ly/143uRPO
daneanp Posted: 03/22/13
This went together quickly and was very flavorful. Had to sub chicken broth for the veggie broth as that is what I had on hand. I would cut back or omit the oregano next time, it seemed to over power the dish. I used fresh pasta and the whole thing went together in like 15 minutes, maybe less! It would be good to add some fresh sauted veggies as there was a good deal of pesto for the amount of pasta.
StephanieMS Posted: 04/19/13
I used dried spices (except for the basil, of course) and I used walnuts instead of almonds. I know the calorie count probably went up, but I was okay with that if it meant that I didnt have to go to the grocery store. The pesto is amazing, seriously.
debbieshuman Posted: 03/31/13
This was so easy to make and was delicious. I didn't change anything in the recipe except I did add extra olive oil because it seemed a bit dry. It made the perfect amount for four servings.