Spinach Pesto Appetizer

Spinach Pesto Appetizer

1 Review
From: EatingWell Magazine, 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.

Ingredients 16 servings

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  • 2½ cups nonfat cottage cheese, pressed
  • 1 10-ounce package frozen, chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed to remove excess moisture
  • 1 8-ounce package reduced-fat cream cheese, cut into pieces
  • ¼ cup grated Romano cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • Cherry tomatoes and fresh basil leaves, for garnish, optional


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  1. Preheat oven to 325F. 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.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Store, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Allow to come to room temperature before serving.

Nutrition information

  • Per serving: 70 calories; 3 g fat(2 g sat); 1 g fiber; 4 g carbohydrates; 7 g protein; 30 mcg folate; 22 mg cholesterol; 2 g sugars; 2,196 IU vitamin A; 1 mg vitamin C; 102 mg calcium; 0 mg iron; 269 mg sodium; 111 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (44% daily value)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: ½
  • Exchanges: 1 fat

Reviews 1

December 17, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
Low Fat but Tasty Appetizer The thin, round of above recipe has little visual appeal. When people try it, they declare it good Next time I will bake in a smaller spring for pan or transfer the baked appetizer to a bowl. Pros: Easy to make, tastes really good. Good and good for you. Cons: Looks uninteresting
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