Spinach &  Pepita Pesto | So...Let's Hang Out

I came to my computer this morning with every intention of writing you a fantastic post on pesto. Fast forward thirty minutes… I am staring semi-blankly at my computer screen a step away from drooling. I look down and a big-ugly-flying bug has committed suicide in my smoothie. Is this an omen? Yikes. At least my Monday is going slightly better than Mr. Ugly Bug’s. I could be face down somewhere  in a liquid vat of coconut milk and greens. Rough.

I message my husband on G-chat. I complain that the hamster in my brain refuses to jog. The wheel is not turning. I need some pesto inspiration. I ask him for some thoughtful words on pesto. He responds with a factual “It’s green”. This is going well. I ask him if he has anymore slightly less literal thoughts on the subject, to which he confesses “No idea. I barely understand it.” His hamster is tired too. I get it. Pesto can be kind of mysterious. I’m gonna help you all demystify it.

Greens + Cheese + Oil + Nuts/Seeds + Garlic = PESTO!

Spinach &  Pepita Pesto | So...Let's Hang Out

A totally simple equation. Finally a word problem I understand.  If you are vegan or paleo, simply sub out the cheese for nutritional yeast! Your pesto will still taste amazing.  In this recipe I used vitamin-packed spinach mixed with pepitas! We’re getting seasonal. Pumpkin craziness all up in here.

In short, if you can make a smoothie, you can totally whip up pesto. Put all of your ingredients into a food processor and run that baby until they all come together. Presto… you’ve got PESTO! Oh, wow. That happened. But really, it’s super easy.

Commence slathering it on everything. I did it up right, and made an awesome spaghetti squash pasta! Recipe coming at-cha later this week. Get excited. It’s a good one. Pretty, right? Spinach &  Pepita Pesto | So...Let's Hang Out

Now, if you’ll excuse me… I’m just going to scoop this bug out of my smoothie and maybe (probably) finish it. Can someone give me some pointers on good music to play at a bug funeral? Thank you in advance. xo

Spinach & Pepita Pesto {Gluten-Free, Vegan & Paleo Option}


  • 3 cups spinach
  • 1/2 cup raw pepitas (hulled pumpkin seeds)
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated Pecorino Romano (or nutritional yeast for vegan/paleo)
  • 3 cloves fresh garlic
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • pinch of salt & pepper, to taste


  1. Combine all of your ingredients into a food processor.
  2. Process on high until all of your ingredients come together in a smooth paste.
  3. Use right away, or save in an airtight container such as a mason jar for later use. This should last for about a week in the refrigerator.Enjoy!


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...PAID ENDORSEMENT DISCLOSURE: In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog.