Lighter Pesto Sauce

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 4
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 177.1
  • Total Fat: 17.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 4.9 mg
  • Sodium: 120.4 mg
  • Total Carbs: 3.0 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1.0 g
  • Protein: 3.8 g

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This sauce is great on pasta, chicken and sandwiches. This sauce is great on pasta, chicken and sandwiches.
Number of Servings: 4


    3 cups lightly packed Basil Leaves
    1/4 cup olive oil
    4 tbsp lemon juice
    2 cloves garlic minced
    1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
    12 whole almonds (can substitute pine nuts)
    salt and pepper to taste


1. Place all ingredients EXCEPT the oil in a food processor.
2. While food processor is on, slowly add oil
3. Process until desired texture.
4. Serve with pasta, on chicken, or as a condiment to chicken.

Number of Servings: 4

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user JLPNURSE.

Member Ratings For This Recipe

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    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    AMAZING! This recipe is the answer to my pesto prayers. It's zesty and light, but really satisfies the pesto craving! I can't bring myself to use a 300 calorie sauce on my dinner, but this I can do! - 2/20/09

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    This recipe was so easy and so tasty. It will be going in my recipe file to be enjoyed again and again. - 8/14/12

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    I didn't have enough basil leaves, so I added fresh parsley to make up the 3 cups. Delicious - 7/29/09