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

Ingredients

  • 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

Method

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
    132
  • Protein
    2g
  • Carbohydrate
    2g
  • Dietary Fiber
    trace
  • Cholesterol
    2mg
  • Sodium
    48mg
  • Fat
    13g (2g Sat, 8g Mono, 2g Poly)

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