Spinach Cashew Pesto (Vegan)

Updated: Jan 30, 2020

Since I seem to enjoy spitting in the face of all that is holy in Italian cooking (exhibit A: My Low-Carb Risotto ), it seems only right I’d take the recipe for a classic Italian pesto and throw it in the fire. Warning: this recipe is not suitable for Italian grandmothers.

Spinach Cashew Pesto
Spinach Cashew Pesto

I won’t lie, this recipe came out of pure necessity. I just got back from an 11 mile run and needed pasta. STAT! When I opened my fridge however, you can only imagine my horror when I realized I was out of pesto. What was I going to do?! With delivery being too expensive and my legs refusing to move any more that day, both Ubereats and the grocery store were not options.


Out of the corner of my eye, I spotted a bag of raw cashews and suddenly angels were singing the Hallelujah chorus. That sound also might have been my Italian ancestors screaming.


I rolled up my sleeves, grabbed a bag of spinach making eyes at me in the back of the fridge, and went to work.