Lighter Basil Pesto

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Lighter Basil Pesto


The making of Lighter Basil Pesto

Pesto is so versatile.  Toss it with some pasta, use it to dress fresh steamed green beans, put it on top of meat, fish, chicken.  It simply adds so much freshness.  There is no reason at all to buy pre-made pesto which has a tendency to taste “old” and oily when it is so simple to make it yourself in your food processor.  5 minutes, that’s all it takes.

This is a Lighter Basil Pesto, that is, lighter in calories, not in flavor; using fewer pine nuts and less oil.

Another good reason to “make it yourself”!


Lighter Basil Pesto


Lighter Basil Pesto


  • 2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts
  • 3 large garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 3/4 cups loosely packed basil leaves; washed and well dried
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil


Step 1

With the motor running; drop the pine nuts and garlic through the food chute of a food processor; process until minced, stopping to scrape the sides of the bowl as necessary. Stop the machine; add the basil, cheese and lemon juice; process until finely minced; using on/off pulses. With the motor on, slowly pour the olive oil through the food chute and process until well blended. Makes about 1/2 cup.

Photo Credit: Christian Jung/123RF

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Nutritional Info

This information is per serving.
  • Calories
  • Protein
  • Carbohydrate
  • Dietary Fiber
  • Cholesterol
  • Sodium
  • Fat
    13g (2g Sat, 8g Mono, 2g Poly)

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