Pasta with Spinach and Pecorino Pesto Recipe

  • Author: Michiel Steur
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x


Try an alternative take on basil pesto with this delicious and easy penne pasta with homemade spinach and pecorino pesto recipe!



  • 65g fresh spinach
  • 20g pecorino cheese (plus extra for serving)
  • 60ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 250g penne pasta
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Bring a large pot of water to the boil. Add generous amount of salt.
  2. Put spinach, pecorino cheese and extra virgin olive oil into an electric food processor or mini chopper and pulse until you have a pesto consistency. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Boil pasta until al dente according to the package instructions. Save a mug of the pasta water, then drain and put pasta back in the pot.
  4. Add the spinach pesto and stir vigorously, adding some of the saved pasta water if needed, until the pesto fully coats the pasta.
  5. Serve immediately with some extra grated pecorino cheese.


Also delicious cold as the base for a delicious pasta salad!

  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Italian


  • Calories: 770

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