|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 7g||9%|
|Saturated Fat 1g||7%|
|Total Carbohydrate 31g||11%|
|Dietary Fiber 6g||22%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Pesto is traditionally made with fresh basil, pine nuts, garlic, olive oil, and Parmesan cheese. Although there is flexibility in the recipe—you can swap out the basil for a different fresh herb, or use walnuts instead of pine nuts—it is the nuts and cheese that bring the most calories to the recipe.
For a richer flavor, it is best to toast the pine nuts before adding to the food processor. And to get a more consistent mince of the garlic, put the cloves in the food processor first and pulse a few times to begin the chopping process.
Another way to cut the calories is to either use less pasta or eliminate it completely. Pesto is a great topping for grilled chicken or fish, a colorful addition to quinoa and a tasty surprise spooned over roasted vegetables.
Gather the ingredients.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the spaghetti, and cook 8 to 10 minutes, or until al dente, and drain.
Meanwhile, in a food processor or blender, combine the garlic, basil and pine nuts and process until finely minced. Add the cheese and process until well combined. Pour the oil slowly through the feed tube, watching until the desired consistency is achieved. Season with salt.
Toss the pasta together with the pesto sauce and serve immediately.