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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 16
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 118.4
  • Total Fat: 12.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 1.2 mg
  • Sodium: 175.0 mg
  • Total Carbs: 1.1 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 0.6 g
  • Protein: 1.5 g

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Almond Basil Pesto

Submitted by: THAMESARINO

Introduction

This flavorful pesto has a little less cheese and as little oil as possible. Although Pesto is high in fat, it is mostly monounsaturated and a nice splurge if used sparingly! : ) This flavorful pesto has a little less cheese and as little oil as possible. Although Pesto is high in fat, it is mostly monounsaturated and a nice splurge if used sparingly! : )
Number of Servings: 16

Ingredients

    3 cups Basil leaves, roughly chopped (just guessed at number of leaves for caloric intake b/c they didn't have a cup option)
    1/2 Cup Slivered, unsalted Almonds, toasted
    3 Cloves Garlic, roughly chopped
    1/4 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
    1/2-3/4 Cup of Olive Oil
    1/2- 1 Tsp Salt

Directions

This is such a simple yet decadent sauce.
I use a food processor.

1. In the bowl of your processor put garlic, basil, and almonds. Pulse until uniformily chopped, stopping to scrape sides, as necessary.
2. Add Parmesan Cheese, pulse to mix in.
3. Measure out 1/2 cup of Olive Oil, while running processor slowly stream oil into bowl, stopping at the right consistancy and using an additional 1/4 cup in needed..

You can use this for hot pasta, marinating/baking/grilling chicken, pork, or fish. Also good as a spread for sandwiches or wraps. When storing keep a piece of plastic wrap touching the surface and then cover with plastic lid. It will last for about 2 weeks in the fridge. If you want you can freeze ice cubes of it as well for popping into other recipes.
This recipe makes 16 -1 oz (or 2 Tbsp) servings.

Number of Servings: 16

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user THAMESARINO.





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  • just made it...awesome. - 8/28/13

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  • OMGs...sooo good! I've never made pesto before because I don't care for pine nuts. This was delish! I tossed it with some diced tomatoes and poured it over my mini cheese ravioli. Thanks so much! - 6/2/10

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