Spinach, Sorrel, and Orange Pesto

Toss this fruity pesto with pasta for a lively side dish. You'll find the arrow-shaped leaves of sorrel in the salad section of your grocery store.

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  • Yields: 3/4 cup
  • Start to Finish: 15 mins
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Spinach, Sorrel, and Orange Pesto
cup slivered almonds, toasted
1 1/2
cups loosely packed fresh spinach leaves
1 1/2
cups loosely packed fresh sorrel, arugula, or watercress leaves
cup olive oil
cup grated Parmesan or Romano cheese
tablespoons orange juice
teaspoon ground red pepper
teaspoon salt
  1. Place almonds in a food processor bowl or blender container. Cover and process or blend the almonds until finely chopped. Add the spinach and sorrel, arugula or watercress; cover. With the machine running, gradually add the oil in a thin, steady stream, processing until the mixture is combined and slightly chunky. Add Parmesan or Romano cheese, orange peel, orange juice, ground red pepper, and salt. Cover and process or blend just until combined.
  2. To store, divide pesto into 1/4-cup portions and place in airtight containers. Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. To serve, bring pesto to room temperature. Makes 3/4 cup.
From the Test Kitchen

Instead of storing in the refrigerator, divide into freezer containers and freeze up to 1 month. To serve, thaw in the refrigerator and bring pesto to room temperature. Toss with fresh cooked pasta, spread on Boboli or use as a burger topper. Makes about 3/4 cup (12, 1-tablespoon servings).

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Nutrition Facts (Spinach, Sorrel, and Orange Pesto)
    Per serving:
  • 82 kcal cal.,
  • 8 g fat
  • (1 g sat. fat,
  • 2 mg chol.,
  • 80 mg sodium,
  • 1 g carb.,
  • 2 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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