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Lighter Basil Pesto

Lighter Basil Pesto

  • Prep

    15 m
  • Ready In

    15 m


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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  • 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


  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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Deb C

Deb C


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.




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.




Loved that this recipe didn't have as many calories as regular pesto & was yummy! Even though olive oil is a good type of oil, it still has 119 Calories in just 1 TB! So I guess when you use a 1/2 cup or so of olive oil in regular pesto that is a lot of calories (& I love lots of pesto :) I used a touch of chicken broth instead of the vegetable broth & no additional salt. Not sure if I needed the broth or if it was the Ricotta in this recipe that made my Chicken & Pasta Pesto dinner taste better than usual! I served the Chicken Pasta Pesto w/ grilled red pepper strips on side. Easy & Nice! Everyone loved it, Thanks!

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