Not Your Mother’s Pesto

Recipe posted in: Healthy Sides & Snacks

Pesto is a great alternative to cream-based pasta sauces, since it’s full of heart-healthy fats plus protein, iron, vitamins A and C and, if it’s basil-based, free-radical fighting flavonoids.

But, depending on how it’s prepared, pesto can come at a pretty high calorie cost. Plus, it can be full of fat. Just a quarter cup of store-bought pesto can serve up a whopping 270 calories and 23 grams of fat.

What makes this pesto different from the rest? It still boasts all the nutritional benefits that traditional pesto dishes out without overdoing it on fat and calories. Tasty tip: Prepare zucchini noodles using a spiralizer or vegetable peeler, then top them with this delicious sauce!

Servings: 4

On Nutrisystem, Count As: 1 PowerFuel and 2 Extras

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup grated low-fat Parmesan cheese
  • 1.5-2 cups of fresh basil
  • 2 cloves of fresh garlic
  • 1/3 cup chicken stock or vegetable broth
  • ⅛ cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
  • Sprinkle of salt (to taste)

Directions:

  1. Remove stems from basil
  2. Peel and mince garlic
  3. Add all ingredients except chicken stock to blender and blend to achieve a puree
  4. While continuing to blend, pour chicken stock through blender spout—until thoroughly combined