Spinach pesto


2 medium garlic cloves, pressed
1 1/4 cup fresh basil (1 medium bunch)
1 cup fresh spinach, thoroughly washed
1/4 cup fresh parsley
3 tbsp pine nuts
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 tsp ground black pepper

Optional: 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

How to prepare

In a food processor fitted with the metal blade, process the garlic cloves until pureed. Add the basil, spinach and parsley, and process until finely chopped. Add the pine nuts; finely chop. W/the motor running, slowly pour in the olive oil in a fine stream and process until the oil is absorbed. Add the pepper and process five seconds. If using parmesan, add it just before serving and process until well blended. Taste for seasoning. Makes 1 to 1 1/2 cups.

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