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Big Black Dog: Linguine with Spinach Pesto Sauce

April 18, 2010

Linguine with Spinach Pesto Sauce


Linguine; (often written erroneously linguini in English, yet consistent with its usual English pronunciation) are a form of pasta — flat like fettuccine and trenette, but narrow like spaghetti. The name linguine means "little tongues" in Italian, where it is a plural of the feminine linguina. While spaghetti traditionally accompany meat and tomato dishes, linguine are often served with seafood or pesto.


Along with our gorgeous spring weather comes my craving for carbs and I've served pasta three times in the last two weeks and I'm ready for more! Digging through the 100's of pasta recipes I have and trying to decide which one I want to make is a tedious chore. So I narrowed down my search and took the easy way out with Eeny Meeny Miny Moe! I am so glad that Moe was the Spinach Pesto because it was delicious and very easy!


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Linguine with Spinach Pesto Sauce
Recipe inspired by Southern Food

1 LB of Linguine, cooked to package directions
4 c washed, torn spinach leaves, stems removed, well packed, 16 to 24 ounces
3 garlic cloves, halved
1/4 c pine nuts (I used Pecans)
1/2 tsp dried leaf basil, crumbled
1/2 c extra virgin olive oil, add more if you need to thin the sauce
1/3 c grated Parmesan cheese
1/8 tsp. freshly ground pepper

Optional: 8-9 Sun dried tomatoes, diced


Place a few spinach leaves, garlic, pine nuts, basil and a little oil in blender or food processor container. Cover and puree until leaves begin to look crushed.

Continue adding spinach leaves a few at a time with small amounts of oil to blender, using a rubber spatula to help to combine pureed mixture.

Add Parmesan cheese and 1/8 tsp. salt.

Cover and process until spinach pesto mixture is smooth. If the pesto is too thick add 1-2 TBL of Olive Oil until pesto reaches desired consistency.

Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions; drain in colander. Toss with the spinach pesto sauce. While tossing add the diced sun-dried tomatoes. Serve.


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38 Comments:

Blogger Peter M said...

I love this spinach pesto, crafty twist on the classic basil pesto.

April 18, 2010 at 8:45 PM  
Blogger Allie and Pattie said...

LOVE pesto! And pasta is a life necessity!!
xoxo Pattie

April 18, 2010 at 9:01 PM  
Blogger Joanne said...

I often find myself using the eenie meenie minie moe method as well. Tried and true.

I love that you put sun-dried tomatoes in this pasta dish! And the pesto looks awesome. Linguine is a way better shape than spaghetti, don't you think?

April 18, 2010 at 9:03 PM  
Blogger Bonnie said...

This pasta looks fabulous. I love pasta, any kind. You gave me a shock for a minute. I thought you not your blog was moving. Good luck, hope all goes well.

April 18, 2010 at 9:06 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Oh yum...again! Would so try this when it's just the Captain and I...I think the kids would wrinkle their noses at it and I wouldn't want them to ruin a good meal...hehehe...Best of luck with the move in cyberspace!!

April 18, 2010 at 10:47 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

I enjoy pesto. This dish looks and sounds delicious!

Good luck in your new location!

April 18, 2010 at 10:52 PM  
Blogger theUngourmet said...

I love the idea of using spinach in place of basil for the pesto. What a great looking dish! Best of luck on the move! :)

April 18, 2010 at 11:23 PM  
Blogger angelina said...

yummmmmy

April 18, 2010 at 11:52 PM  
Blogger Beth (Jam and Clotted Cream) said...

I love pesto - but have never tried a spinach pesto before - sounds wonderful

April 19, 2010 at 3:36 AM  
Blogger theprofessionalpalate said...

Can't wait to try as my basil comes in this summer!

April 19, 2010 at 7:07 AM  
Blogger Brian the old man said...

Sounds delicious and looks so yummy! Looking forward to seeing your new blog and how you set it up. I hope all works out for your move. Will that effect the HBin5 button I have on my blog? Let me know. Have a great week!

April 19, 2010 at 9:08 AM  
Blogger kat said...

So green & springy!

April 19, 2010 at 9:16 AM  
Blogger teresa said...

oh wow, this looks wonderful! i actually think i have everything i need to make it too, yes!!

April 19, 2010 at 9:43 AM  
Blogger Tracy said...

This looks delicious! Perfect for lunch too.

April 19, 2010 at 11:44 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

What a lovely pasta dish. You've made me hungry :-). I hope you have a smooth move. I'll be thinking of you. Blessings...Mary

April 19, 2010 at 12:45 PM  
Blogger Noelle said...

Looks super delicious!

April 19, 2010 at 1:10 PM  
Blogger Brian + Cheryl B. said...

hi Michelle :-}

your words, "I am so glad that Moe was ...." really made me chuckle!!!

I'm with 'Bonnie' in fearing that Mr. Tastebuds had decided you guys needed to move, not your blog site. After you having been against moving to this house / site in the first place, and then after having moved here your being against the whole "let's re-do the house" idea, but then spending three years heading up the re-do, well, that would have definetly been a "we're gonna fight about this" decision!!!

A couple of curious questions - what kind of 'control' will you have there (at the new site) that you don't currently have?

Also, what kind of security issues have you encourtered here?

Are you moving both of your blogs?

What type of gifts would be approprite for us to bring to your 'house warming' party?

I never asked, did Mr. Tastebuds go for the idea of giving you an Easter basket inside a Pressure Cooker? If not, then he should for Mothers Day - after all, you do do motherly like things for him (such as full cookie jars!!!) ;-p

Keep laughing Michelle!

April 19, 2010 at 1:50 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Cheryl,

Wordpress has MANY more options and gadgets then Blogger does so I have much more control over how to display my blog.

As far as security with WP I can easily ban spam bots whereas with Blogger sometime I can ban them and sometimes not. But with Blogger to keep spam to a minimum I have to make it more difficult for people to comment with verification and author moderation which is not right. Legitimate visitors should not have to jump thru hoops to post a comment. I've been having problems with Blogger comment program for a long time now...much too long.

I'm just moving one blog for now.

As far as a house warming gift, just your sweet comments on my new blog will be plenty! Thanks for asking!

No pressure cooker here, my Mom gave me a stern talking too when subject came up and I'm sort of afraid of them.

Michelle

April 19, 2010 at 2:08 PM  
Blogger Maria said...

I can't wait to see your new home. Love this pasta dish!

April 19, 2010 at 5:54 PM  
Blogger Cookin' Canuck said...

This is a really nice variation on a classic pesto. I'm looking forward to seeing your new site once it goes live.

April 19, 2010 at 7:36 PM  
Blogger Chow and Chatter said...

great pasta and congrats on the move will follow you

April 19, 2010 at 8:02 PM  
Anonymous tasteofbeirut said...

Michelle
I have never tried this version before; sounds extra yummy!

April 19, 2010 at 9:21 PM  
Blogger Jenny said...

This is totally my style of pasta! Love it!

April 19, 2010 at 10:12 PM  
Blogger Mimi said...

Any kind of pesto is fine with me. Looking forward to seeing your new home.
Mimi

April 19, 2010 at 11:35 PM  
Blogger Danielle said...

Spinach pesto is something I've never tried but since I could like the bowl clean of basil pesto, I'm sure I'd love the spinach version as well.

April 20, 2010 at 12:32 AM  
Blogger Sophie said...

Hello Michelle!

A spinach pesto is a grand idea!! Must taste special too!

Your pasta dish sounds so good to me!!

Fresh flavours!

April 20, 2010 at 5:10 AM  
Anonymous Maggy @ Three Many Cooks said...

This looks delicious! And it's so weird because I made pesto using almonds yesterday before I saw this post - it's a great idea. Fantatic recipe.

April 20, 2010 at 5:47 AM  
Anonymous Kayte said...

LOL, love the selection process. It certainly looks like a winner, and sounds like one, too. What a lovely color for spring! Just makes me smile.

April 20, 2010 at 7:30 AM  
Blogger Kim said...

Never had a spinach pesto, but I'm sold on the idea of it! Can't wait to see your new blog.

April 20, 2010 at 7:46 AM  
Blogger Julie Harward said...

Love the pesto...can't wait to see what you are doing..don't go too far away...Come say hi ;D

April 20, 2010 at 9:37 AM  
Anonymous michelle@TNS said...

thank you thank you for pointing out the correct spelling of linguine. it's one of the things that sticks in my craw, like "paninis." (and, this looks great.)

April 20, 2010 at 10:56 AM  
Blogger How To: Simplify said...

I love pesto sauce! What a great recipe!

April 20, 2010 at 2:05 PM  
Anonymous lisaiscooking said...

I'm a fan of all kinds of pestos, and spinach sounds fantastic! Love the sun-dried tomatoes too.

April 20, 2010 at 3:13 PM  
Blogger Barbara Bakes said...

I haven't tried the Eeny Meeny Miny Moe approach for choosing dinner. It might make my life easier. Pesto is one of our favorites. Looks like a delicious version.

April 20, 2010 at 10:32 PM  
Blogger Angie's Recipes said...

I love pesto! Esp. the spinach and asparagus ones...this pasta dish looks unbeliveably delicous! Love its colour to death!

April 22, 2010 at 9:17 AM  
Blogger The Quintessential Magpie said...

Parmesan cheese and pine nuts... is there anything that's better??? I think not! YUM!

Hope you're doing well, Michelle. I'm on a sanity break from the workmen, and I have to hit the ground running tomorrow. I hope to be back blogging soon. We had some setbacks, but I hope they will be overcome SOON.

Love to you...

XO,

Sheila :-)

April 22, 2010 at 8:11 PM  
Blogger Cristie said...

Pesto in any form is always on my list. This looks wonderful.

April 23, 2010 at 3:02 PM  
Blogger Catherine said...

Hi Michelle! I have an award for you over at Living the Gourmet! Cannot wait to see the new site!
P.S.
The linguine looks fantastic!

April 25, 2010 at 3:03 PM  

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