How to Cook: Simple Pesto

How to Cook: Simple Pesto

Recipe Rating: 3.37992
Serves 6

Pesto is so versatile, you'll never run out of ways to enjoy it. Toss spoonfuls of this no-cook sauce with hot pasta or steamed vegetables, use it as a spread on sandwiches and wraps, or serve as a dip with raw veggies or pita chips. You can easily adapt pesto to your budget by substituting sale-priced nuts, herbs/greens and cheese, or what you've got on hand or in the garden.

  • 1/4 cup nuts, such as walnuts, pine nuts or sunflower kernels
  • 2 cups packed chopped raw herbs/greens, such as basil, kale or parsley
  • 1/2 cup grated hard cheese, such as Parmesan or Romano
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon water (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
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Pulse all ingredients in a food processor until smooth.

Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving: 110 calories (90 from fat), 10g total fat, 2g saturated fat, 5mg cholesterol, 300mg sodium, 2g carbohydrates, (1 g dietary fiber), 4g protein.
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