Popeye Pesto!

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When I made the recipe for Cafe Yumm Sauce, I purchased nutritional yeast flakes for the first time. And of course, as I usually do, I put my plastic bag under the hopper on the bulk dispenser and opened wide! Seriously this bag of yeast hardly weighted anything, but after making the recipe I had most of what I purchased, still in the bag...

Because I had the leftover nutritional yeast to use up, I started reading about nutritional yeast and it turns out, this is really good stuff! It can be used just about anywhere you want a golden cheesy flavor, including this pesto.

Popeye Pesto, made with spinach and nutritional yeast!
Popeye Pesto over pasta and potatoes, delicious!

This is a spinach pesto, but as the cookbook states, you can sub in half basil if desired. today, however, it is pure spinach. Tonight for dinner we are having baked potatoes with Popeye Pesto and sauteed fresh Tuna.

Tip, if you are new to nutritional yeast, you might want to start off a bit on the shy side. While it really is delicious, it is assertive in flavor. By the way, feel free to use Parmesan cheese also...

Popeye Pesto, made with spinach and nutritional yeast!
Popeye Pesto!

Popeye Pesto
adapted from: Eat Like You Give a Damn

3 cloves garlic
1 5oz package fresh spinach - or equivalent fresh from your garden
2/3 - 1 c nutritional yeast flakes - see the note above
1 T lemon juice (I used the juice of 1 lime)
1 t salt
1 c nuts - toasted almonds, walnuts or cashews
1 c olive oil
2 T water, if the mixture seems too thick

Cut the garlic cloves in half down the center, if you see a green stem, remove it. This stem is where the hot flavor comes from in garlic. 

Popeye Pesto, made with spinach and nutritional yeast!

Place everything in the bowl of a food processor, pulse until combined and the texture is just the way you like it!

Popeye Pesto, made with spinach and nutritional yeast!

Refrigerate leftovers.

Having pesto in the fridge (or freezer, it freezes very well!) is the perfect way to get dinner on the table in record time, or as fast as cooking some pasta!


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  1. I love nutritional yeast! (Try it on popcorn--delicious). We aren't big fans of traditional pesto but I am loving this recipe. I think when I make it I will add a handful of parsley. You dinner sounds scrumptious. --Rocquie

    1. I love the parsley idea, parsley is one of my favorite ingredients to cook with!


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