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Delicious Low Fat Pesto

I found this pesto recipe in the book written by Oprah's chef, Rosie.  It's called In the Kitchen With Rosie and I recommend almost everything in the book.  This pesto has no oil but I don't miss it.  Especially since I love lemon which is the substitute for the oil typically found in pesto.  Try it!


1 1/2 cups fresh basil
2-5 garlic cloves, peeled*
¼ cup pine nuts
¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

Put basil, garlic, pine nuts and Parmesan cheese in blender or food processor.  Turn machine on and drizzle in the lemon juice.  Continue to puree until a smooth paste is formed.

Makes ¾ cup pesto
Fat per ½ tbsp = 1.1 grams
Calories per ½ tbsp = 14

*The amount of garlic you use is a matter of personal taste.  Also, some garlic is more pungent.  So start perhaps with 2 medium cloves then taste, and add more if you like a strong garlicky flavor.

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