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Spinach Pesto Appetizer


From EatingWell:  May/June 1992

The EatingWell makeover of this pesto appetizer boasts about half of the calories and a quarter of the fat of the original recipe. Serve with crostini, crackers or French bread.

16 servings | Active Time: 20 minutes | Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes plus cooling time



  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Spray a 9-inch springform pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Place pressed cottage cheese, spinach, cream cheese, Romano cheese, egg, egg whites, garlic, basil, salt and pepper in a food processor. Process until smooth. Spoon the spinach mixture into the prepared pan and smooth the top with a spatula. Bake until firm, about 1 hour. Cool on a wire rack.
  3. Place the pan on a serving plate, run a knife around the outer edge and remove pan sides. Garnish with tomatoes or basil leaves, if using.


Per serving : 74 Calories; 3 g Fat; 2 g Sat; 1 g Mono; 24 mg Cholesterol; 4 g Carbohydrates; 8 g Protein; 1 g Fiber; 260 mg Sodium; 106 mg Potassium

Exchanges: 1 fat

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