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Several years ago in Italy I was sitting at a quaint little restaurant with an amazing bowl of basil pesto pasta in front of me. I had never had traditional pesto and was smiling ear to ear when I took the first bite. Needless to say I ate the entire bowl of pasta. Unfortunately, I realized later that I am miserably allergic to basil. Since I loved the dish so much I knew I had to find a way to satisfy my craving for that bowl of pesto! 

Instead of basil I use spinach and substitute walnuts for pine nuts to make this pesto. I serve this dish often for my family because spinach and walnuts pack a lot of vitamins and antioxidants. I always have leftover pesto (after we serve it with pasta) and mixed with cream cheese it makes for a delicious morning breakfast treat.

**If you can have orange juice drink a glass with your pesto spread so it's easier for your body to absorb the iron from the spinach!

Step 1: Pulse in Food Processor

Spinach-Walnut Pesto Cream Cheese Spread
4 c. Fresh Spinach
1/2 c. Walnut halves or pieces
1 large garlic clove
1/2 c. Parmesan Cheese finely shredded
Olive Oil approximately 1/4 cup
Salt to taste

4 oz Cream Cheese
Bagel, toast, or bread

Roughly chop one garlic clove. I always give the garlic clove a rough chop before adding so someone doesn't get a large bite of raw garlic!

In a food processor add spinach, walnuts, garlic, and parmesan and pulse until walnuts are roughly chopped. I also like using a microplane for the parmesan cheese to get it really finely shredded but you can use a box grater too.

Step 2: Stream Olive Oil

Turn food processor on and stream in olive oil until pesto comes together to form a paste like consistency. Add salt to taste.

Makes approximately one cup of pesto.

Step 3: Combine Ingredients

In a small bowl combine 4 oz cream cheese and 1/4 cup of pesto and mix well.

Spread pesto cream cheese on your favorite bagel, toast or bread. Eat and enjoy!
That sounds really good.
Yum! Hey, can you come up with a way to turn a cupful of roasted garlic into a yummy spread like this? Just roasted a whole bag of garlic bulbs last night...
With your garlic I would try a little lemon juice some cream cheese, of course, and maybe some white pepper. Let me know what you make!
Yum! That sounds amazing. :D

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