To take your veggies to the next level, try slathering them up with a little delicious spinach pesto.
The Italian Roots Of Pesto
A popular sauce on pasta and in several Italian dishes, pesto came from the northern region of Italy. Popping up in recipes around the 16th century, it’s usually made with basil, pine nuts, and crushed garlic, and is typically blended with olive oil and parmesan cheese.
The name “pesto” comes from how the sauce is made. A mortal and pestle are used to grind the garlic, basil, and pine nuts together before adding the other ingredients. However, something important to note about authentic pesto is that the basil will never be crushed during this process; instead, it is meant to be gently ground down into a fine paste.
A Great Dish For Restaurants
Because of the sauce’s popularity, as well as the fact that it goes so well on many things, it’s something that you’ll certainly be able to find in many Italian restaurants.
If you’re looking to order some pesto and veggies sometime soon, try these Paris-based restaurants:
- Firmine, an Italian restaurant located at 38 bis avenue de Suffren, Tour Eiffel/Champ de Mars
- Delitaly, an Italian restaurant located at 13 rue Ramuteau, Beaubourg
A Healthy Fat
Something that’s pretty unique about pesto is that it’s actually not all that bad for you. Though you may be thinking, “but it’s made with oil!”, olive oil is actually an unsaturated fat and can be good for your body.
That’s right – the entire base for this sauce is actually pretty great for you! The other ingredients in pesto help contribute to a well-rounded meal as well. For roasted veggies and pesto, you’re getting a double whammy: unsaturated fats and a solid serving of vegetables.
Making Roasted Veggies With Spinach Pesto
If you want to try your hand at making this dish in your own kitchen, there are tons of great recipes to get you on your way!
You can choose to add pasta to your dish like several recipes suggest, or you can simply have your roasted veggies and pesto sauce.
What you’ll need:
- 2 cups of fresh spinach
- 1 clove of chopped garlic
- 1/4 cup of olive oil
- 1/4 cup of walnuts
- 1 tablespoon of nutritional yeast
- Salt and pepper
- Veggies of your choice
- Pine nuts
To prepare your meal, start by preheating the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. From there, sneak a peek at the rest of the recipe!
Variations To Your Meal
There are plenty of ways to change up your roasted veggies with spinach pesto, from the vegetables you choose to use to the way you season your pesto.
However, something to keep in mind might be pine nut allergies. As pine nuts are the base for pesto, you’ll want to be sure that neither you nor anyone who will be eating the dish has an allergy.
If they do, some great alternatives can include:
Delicious And Nutritious
For a meal that’ll make both your conscience and your stomach happy, give roasted veggies and spinach pesto a try!