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Pesto Recipe

Looking for an easy pesto recipe? Learn how to make pesto using healthy ingredients.


Submitted by green-apple

Makes 15 servings



Light Basil Pesto. Can be made with little or no cheese. Perfect as a spead on whole grain bread.

Recipe Ingredients for pesto

70 g basil leaves
30 g pine nuts
3 garlic cloves
10 g romano cheese(or not!)
30 g olive oil

Recipe Directions for pesto

  1. 1 large bunch of basil, leaves only, washed and dried

  2. 3 medium cloves of garlic

  3. one small handful of raw pine nuts

  4. 2tbsp of Pomano or Parmesan freshly grated

  5. A few tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil

  6. Start chopping the garlic along with about 1/3 of the basil leaves. Once this is loosely chopped add more basil, chop some more, add the rest of the basil, chop some more. I scrape and chop, gather and chop. At this point the basil and garlic should be a very fine mince. Add about half the pine nuts, chop. Add the rest of the pine nuts, chop. Add half of the cheese, if you use it, chop. Add the rest of the cheese, and chop. In the end you want a chop so fine that you can press all the ingredients into a basil "cake" - see the photo up above. Transfer the pesto "cake" to a small bowl (not much bigger than the cake). Cover with a bit of olive oil, it doesn't take much, just a few tablespoons.

Categories

Cheese, Herbs, Nuts, Pasta, Appetizers, Breads, Breakfast, Brunch, Salads, Snacks, Italian, Cocktail Party, Fourth of July, No Cook, Puree, Quick, Vegetarian, Gluten-Free, Kosher, Sugar-Free

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 9.9g
Amount Per Serving
Calories
36
Calories from Fat
32
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
3.6g
6%
Saturated Fat
0.5g
3%
Trans Fat
0.0g
Cholesterol
1mg
0%
Sodium
8mg
0%
Potassium
29mg
1%
Total Carbohydrates
0.6g
0%
Dietary Fiber
0.2g
1%
Sugars
0.1g
Protein
0.7g
Vitamin A 5% Vitamin C 2%
Calcium 2% Iron 2%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional details are an estimate and should only be used as a guide for approximation.
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Health Information

Nutrition Grade
96% confidence
B
  Good points
  • Very low in cholesterol
  • Low in sodium
  • Very low in sugar
  • High in manganese
  • High in vitamin A
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