Rosemary, Spinach, and Walnut Pesto: A Recipe By Request

The other day, the fine folks at Rodney Strong Vineyards came across my post in which I paired their 2008 Alexander Valley Cabernet with Kara’s Rosemary, Spinach, and Walnut Pesto Pasta and Crusty Bread…



After sharing the post on their Facebook page, there was quite a response from the fans of Rodney Strong.

They wanted the recipe.


Screen grab from my iPhone. Looks like I forgot to charge it last night.

Who am I to deny such a devoted fan base?

Keep in mind that this dish was whipped up on the spot after a few glasses of wine, but this is pretty accurate (as far as we remember).


Ladies and gentlemen…

Kara’s Rosemary, Spinach, and Walnut Pesto:

Get out a big pot of water and bring to a boil.  Salt that water, and add in your favorite dry pasta (or fresh, if you’re a baller).  Cook according to instructions.

While the pasta is doing its thang, get out your food processor.  Throw in a couple of handfuls of fresh spinach, two coarsely chopped cloves of garlic, a handful of chopped walnuts.  Get yourself 5 big twigs of fresh rosemary from your garden, the grocery store, or your neighbors hedge and pull the leaves off of the stems by pulling against the grain.  Scoop up all that rosemary and toss it in the food processor as well.  Drizzle in about 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, and top it off with fresh cracked black pepper and kosher salt.  Put on the lid, and pulse the food processor until the pesto reaches the consistency that you desire.  If it’s too chunky, you can add more olive oil or even a bit of water.  Be sure to taste the pesto along the way, and add more salt or pepper if needed.

Once your pesto is looking, feeling, and tasting right, pour half of the pesto into a large serving bowl.  Once the pasta is ready, drain it, and dump it over the pesto in the serving bowl.  Scoop the rest of your pesto over the top of the pasta, and mix everything up until the pasta is evenly coated with pesto.

Serve in a soup bowl, and garnish with a big slice of warm crusty bread.

Eat it with a fork.

Though it paired very nicely with the big tobacco flavors of the Rodney Strong 2008 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, I could also see this working well with a minty Rioja or a well-balanced Merlot.


Stay Rad,



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2 Responses to “Rosemary, Spinach, and Walnut Pesto: A Recipe By Request”

  1. Jeff Eckles (@JeffEckles) Says:

    Excellent, my mouth was watering when I first read that post. Glad I can create it now. Thanks, Kara!..oh, and you too Jeff, for drinking the wine. 😉

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