Simple Pesto Sauce

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 8
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 118.3
  • Total Fat: 10.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 4.9 mg
  • Sodium: 989.6 mg
  • Total Carbs: 2.5 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1.3 g
  • Protein: 4.0 g

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Number of Servings: 8


    3 cups packed, fresh basil
    2 garlic cloves
    1/4 cup olive oil
    1/2 cup grated parmasan cheese
    1/4 cup almonds
    1 tbsp salt
    1tbsp fresh ground black pepper


Add basil, garlic, cheese, and almonds to blender or food processor and pulse until combined. Slowly work in olive oil without using too much oil. Use spoon to scrape or push ingredients down to avoid using too much oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

makes about 1 cup
1 serving = 2 tbsp
8 servings

Number of Servings: 8

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user EXTINA03.

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    We made this last night and it came out wonderfully. We didn't have almonds so we used pine nuts, and instead of grated parmesan my husband used shredded, which probably made it thicker than usual. I like how this recipe has fewer calories and larger servings than other recipes I've tried. - 7/15/09

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This turned out very nicely, the whole family said it was yummy. We substituted pecans for the almonds since we didn't have almonds. It was great! A great way to use some of the basil I grew in my garden, and I love that its low cal & healthy. I like that I can pick my pasta, or add a meat too. - 8/24/08

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I left out the almonds due to my moms nut allergy. STILL GREAT THOUGH - 5/22/08

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  • Very Good
    I cut back on the salt as well, added another garlic clove and it was perfect! Thank you for posting. - 2/4/18

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  • Very Good
    Just made this pesto, it makes 8 servings exactly. I spread the pesto in an ice tray, each cube is 2 tbsp. After they freeze I individually wrap them in foil and put them in a freezer bag for future use. 1 tbsp of salt is WAY too much; I used 1 tsp of kosher salt instead. Great recipe overall! - 7/21/12

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