Healthy Recipes: Three Delicious Pesto Recipes You Need to Try

Four steps to great pesto: 1. Use intensely flavored ingredients like fresh herbs, roasted nuts, and real Parmesan cheese. 2. Never cook it. 3. Thin it with a bit of hot water (or pasta cooking water), if needed. 4. Don’t combine it with the pasta until you’re ready to eat.

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Instructions: Put all Ingredients into a food processor and pulse until they’re uniformly minced and blended together. Each recipe makes 1 ½ cups.

Almost Classic Basil
¼ cup toasted pine nuts
¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
1 clove garlic
4 cups basil leaves
4 cups baby spinach leaves
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
¼ tsp. kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper

Nutrition Information per ¼ cup:
Calories: 170
Total Fat: 16 g
Saturated Fat: 3 g
Sodium: 190 mg
Carbohydrates: 4 g
Fiber: 2 g
Protein: 3g

Green Olive
½ cup unsalted pistachios
¼ cup pitted green olives
1 cup cherry toamtoes
1 clove garlic
1 Tbs. red wine vinegar
1 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
pinch of red pepper flakes, more to taste
freshly ground black pepper

Nutrition Information per ¼ cup:
Calories: 160
Total Fat: 15 g
Saturated Fat: 2 g
Sodium: 150 mg
Carbohydrates: 4 g
Fiber: 2 g
Protein: 2 g

Roasted Red Pepper
¼ cup toasted slivered almonds
1 roasted red pepper
¼ cup oil-packed sundried tomatoes
1 clove garlic
1 Tbs. red wine vinegar
1 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
½ tsp. kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper

Nutrition Information per ¼ cup:
Calories: 150
Total Fat: 15 g
Saturated Fat: 2 g
Sodium: 210 mg
Carbohydrates: 4 g
Fiber: 2 g
Protein: 2 g

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