Linguine with Spinach Pesto Sauce

by Michelle on April 19, 2010

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!

Linguine with Spinach Pesto Sauce

16-24 oz (about 4 cups well packed) fresh spinach, washed and stems removed
3 garlic cloves
1/4 c pecans
1 c fresh spinach leaves
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

1 LB of Linguine, cooked to package directions
8-9 Sun dried tomatoes, diced

1. Place first 7 ingrdients in a food processor and pulse until well blended and smooth.
2. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain in colander.
3. If the pesto is too thick, add a bit more olive oil and pulse to blend.
4. Place the pasta in a large bowl and toss with the pesto sauce.
5. While tossing add the diced sun-dried tomatoes. Serve hot.

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  • Peter M April 19, 2010 at 1:45 am

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

  • Allie and Pattie April 19, 2010 at 2:01 am

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

  • Joanne April 19, 2010 at 2:03 am

    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?

  • Bonnie April 19, 2010 at 2:06 am

    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.

  • Amy April 19, 2010 at 3:47 am

    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!!

  • Kate April 19, 2010 at 3:52 am

    I enjoy pesto. This dish looks and sounds delicious!

    Good luck in your new location!

  • theUngourmet April 19, 2010 at 4:23 am

    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! :)

  • angelina April 19, 2010 at 4:52 am

    yummmmmy

  • Beth (Jam and Clotted Cream) April 19, 2010 at 8:36 am

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

  • theprofessionalpalate April 19, 2010 at 12:07 pm

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

  • Brian the old man April 19, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    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!

  • kat April 19, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    So green & springy!

  • teresa April 19, 2010 at 2:43 pm

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

  • Tracy April 19, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    This looks delicious! Perfect for lunch too.

  • Mary April 19, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    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

  • Noelle April 19, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    Looks super delicious!

  • Brian + Cheryl B. April 19, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    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!

  • Michelle April 19, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    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

  • Maria April 19, 2010 at 10:54 pm

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

  • Cookin' Canuck April 20, 2010 at 12:36 am

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

  • Chow and Chatter April 20, 2010 at 1:02 am

    great pasta and congrats on the move will follow you

  • tasteofbeirut April 20, 2010 at 2:21 am

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

  • Jenny April 20, 2010 at 3:12 am

    This is totally my style of pasta! Love it!

  • Mimi April 20, 2010 at 4:35 am

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

  • Danielle April 20, 2010 at 5:32 am

    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.

  • Sophie April 20, 2010 at 10:10 am

    Hello Michelle!

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

    Your pasta dish sounds so good to me!!

    Fresh flavours!

  • Maggy @ Three Many Cooks April 20, 2010 at 10:47 am

    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.

  • Kayte April 20, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    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.

  • Kim April 20, 2010 at 12:46 pm

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

  • Julie Harward April 20, 2010 at 2:37 pm

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

  • michelle@TNS April 20, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    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.)

  • How To: Simplify April 20, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    I love pesto sauce! What a great recipe!

  • lisaiscooking April 20, 2010 at 8:13 pm

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

  • Barbara Bakes April 21, 2010 at 3:32 am

    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.

  • Angie's Recipes April 22, 2010 at 2:17 pm

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

  • The Quintessential Magpie April 23, 2010 at 1:11 am

    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 :-)

  • Cristie April 23, 2010 at 8:02 pm

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

  • Catherine April 25, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    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!

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