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Classic Basil Pesto

Yield 3/4 cup (serving size: 2 tablespoons)
"I love pesto, but the commercial pestos and recipes I come across have so much oil, I can't bring myself to try them. Using a couple of recipes as a guide, I fiddled around until I came up with one that had the right consistency." -Kris McDowell, Eagan, MN

Ingredients

  • 2 cups loosely packed basil leaves
  • 1/3 cup (about 1 1/2 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon coarsely chopped walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon extravirgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, minced

Nutrition Information

  • calories 54
  • caloriesfromfat 75 %
  • fat 4.5 g
  • satfat 1.2 g
  • monofat 2.3 g
  • polyfat 0.9 g
  • protein 2.4 g
  • carbohydrate 1.2 g
  • fiber 0.7 g
  • cholesterol 4 mg
  • iron 0.6 mg
  • sodium 279 mg
  • calcium 74 mg

How to Make It

  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor; process until smooth.