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Lighter Basil Pesto

Lighter Basil Pesto

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Jtallent

Basil pesto is one of my favorite foods, especially in the summer. Unfortunately pesto is very high in fat and calories, so I have been working to create a lower fat and calorie version. This pesto is creamy and delicious without the guilt! This recipe is also great with any type of stock or nuts that you have at home.

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Nutrition

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  • Calories:
  • 42 kcal
  • 2%
  • Fat:
  • 3.1 g
  • 5%
  • Carbs:
  • 1.3g
  • < 1%
  • Protein:
  • 2.5 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 5 mg
  • 2%
  • Sodium:
  • 104 mg
  • 4%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Directions

  1. Chop basil, garlic, and pine nuts in a food processor. Add ricotta cheese to the basil mixture and process. Repeat with Parmesan cheese, olive oil, salt, and black pepper. Add vegetable broth and process until sauce is smooth. Add more broth if pesto is too thick.
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Reviews

Deb C
1
7/14/2013

This is a simple recipe that is easy to put together and has wonderful flavor. I used almonds instead of pine nuts, and didn’t use any vegetable broth but did add a little lemon juice.

Caroline
0
9/20/2014

Delicious. Don't miss the fat.

mrrog
0
4/5/2014

I really liked this pesto. I didn't have pine nuts, so I toasted some almonds and walnuts, and that worked great. I skipped the oil too, just added a little water to thin out the pesto a bit. The creaminess of the ricotta was nice too.