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Big Flavor Low Fat – Fresh Basil Pesto

Big Flavor Low Fat – Fresh Basil Pesto

Aug 7, 2023 | Recipes

Fresh Basil Pesto


  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed (can sub half the basil leaves with baby spinach)
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Romano or Parmesan cheese (about 2 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
    • 1/3 cup pine nuts (can sub chopped walnuts)
    • cloves garlic, minced (about 1 tablespoon)
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt, or more to taste
    • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or more to taste



    Basil pesto darkens when exposed to air. To store, cover tightly with plastic wrap, making sure the plastic is touching the top of the pesto and not allowing the pesto to have contact with air. The pesto sauce will stay greener longer that way.


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