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Pasta with Spinach Pesto and Bacon Bites

Pasta with Spinach Pesto and Bacon Bites

Pasta with Spinach Pesto and Bacon Bites

The word pesto comes from an Italian word meaning “to pound or crush”. Although pesto made with basil is best known, it can be prepared with different greens, herbs, nuts and seeds. Today I am sharing spinach pesto with Parmesan cheese and pine nuts. It’s absolutely delicious! You wont believe it contains no basil. Divide any pesto leftovers into portions and keep in on hand in the freezer. Great with fish, scallops and grilled chicken. Add to soups, tomato sauce, flat bread and sandwiches.

Pasta with Spinach Pesto and Bacon Bites

Pasta with Spinach Pesto and Bacon Bites

Pasta with Spinach Pesto and Bacon Bites

  • Time: 30 min
  • Difficulty: easy
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Pesto: makes ~ 1/3/4 cup

  • 6 oz fresh spinach
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 garlic clove, grated
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • pinch of red pepper flakes

Pasta with Spinach Pesto and Bacon Bites: ~ 4 servings

  • 12 oz Fresh Pasta
  • 1/2 -3/4 cup spinach pesto, to taste
  • 2-3 bacon slices, cooked and crumbled
  • More Parmesan cheese for serving


  1. To make pesto: Bring a large pot of water to boil. Fill a large bowl with ice cubes and cold water.
  2. Plunge the spinach into the boiling water for 20 seconds. Using tongs or a slotted spoon, transfer the spinach into the ice water. After couple of minutes, drain the spinach in a colander, then squeeze it to press out excess water.
  3. Put spinach and the remaining pesto ingredients in a food processor and puree until smooth. Transfer to a container, cover and refrigerate until ready to use. The pesto will keep for up to 3 days. Freeze any leftovers (divide into portions first) to use in soups, tomato sauce. Also, great on fish, chicken and flat bread.
  4. To make pasta with spinach pesto and bacon bites: Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Add pasta and cook until al dente, according to the package instructions.
  5. Just before the pasta is done, remove 2 tablespoons of pasta water and add it to spinach pesto.
  6. Drain the pasta and toss with pesto mixture. Top with bacon bites and serve with extra cheese if desired.


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  • Reply
    Bonnie Eng
    May 11, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    I am so hungry now….I need to make this tonight. 😉 And the photos are perfect!

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      May 11, 2015 at 3:24 pm

      Thanks Bonnie!!! Oh yes, fresh pasta + homemade pesto+bacon= I am in heaven:)

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    Feast Wisely
    May 11, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    A really clever idea making pesto with spinach – it goes so much further than basil…..

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      May 11, 2015 at 9:00 pm

      Oh yes, spinach is great in pesto! I also tried kale and it was delicious. You can’t even tell there is no basil..

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    May 11, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    I’m gonna try this sauce within a few days,
    but pine nuts are quite expensive in Japan.

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      May 11, 2015 at 8:56 pm

      I tried this recipe with sunflower seeds and it was pretty good as well. Not sure if it’s available or not to you. Another option is hazelnuts or walnuts (if you like these nuts). Thanks and hope you try it and be able to adjust to what’s available and your taste:)

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        May 11, 2015 at 10:15 pm

        Sunflower seeds are not popular here, but I can get both hazelnuts and walnuts at my pastry shop.^^ Hazelnuts seems to be nice for the spinach sauce. I will try soon!

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    May 11, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    If you dare to play…You have been nominated for Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

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    The Master Of Cook
    May 12, 2015 at 12:45 am

    Buonissima! ::-)

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    May 12, 2015 at 1:17 am

    you did it perfectly!I’ll try it!

    • Reply
      May 13, 2015 at 12:02 pm

      Thanks! It’s a good one:) we really liked this recipe!!!

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    Whisked Away
    May 12, 2015 at 3:17 am

    This looks absolutely divine. It’s after 10:00 at night but now I’m craving huge bowl of this, I’ll have to make this ASAP to satisfy that craving 😉

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      May 13, 2015 at 11:47 am

      Ha! We all love comfort food! Hope you try this one:) it’s very simple but delicious!

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    chef mimi
    May 12, 2015 at 5:52 am

    One of my favorite things to do is to play with pesto ingredients!!! Yours sounds fabulous, and I love the addition of bacon!

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      May 13, 2015 at 11:45 am

      Thanks! Yes, I have been trying to use different greens and nuts for pesto… Its amazing all the choices and different results! Spinach and bacon is an ideal combination!!!

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    May 13, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    wow looks delicious!

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    May 14, 2015 at 11:25 am

    Looks so vibrant & delicious Olga! Yum!!

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    February 19, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    This looks extremely good.

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      February 19, 2016 at 3:12 pm

      Thank you! I love this dish, fresh pasta with homemade pesto and some bacon bites😋Yum!!!

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