Lighter Basil Pesto

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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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Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
15 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh basil

  • 2 cloves garlic

  • 1 tablespoon pine nuts

  • ¼ cup part-skim ricotta cheese

  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable broth, or as needed

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.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

42 Calories
3g Fat
1g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 42
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 56mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 2mg 11%
Calcium 69mg 5%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 53mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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