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Lighter Basil Pesto

 This recipe for a Lighter Basil Pesto only lacks in fat and calories, but not in flavor.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Sauces, Dressings & Condiments
Cuisine Italian
Servings 1 cup
Calories 132 kcal


  • 2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts
  • 3 large garlic cloves peeled
  • 2 ¾ 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


  • 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 ½ cup.


Serving: 1gSodium: 48mgCholesterol: 2mgCalories: 132kcalPolyunsaturated Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gFat: 13gProtein: 2gCarbohydrates: 2g
Keyword basil pesto low-fat, easy fresh pesto low-fat, less calorie pesto
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