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Basic Basil Pesto

May/June 2008, August/September 2005, The EatingWell Healthy in a Hurry Cookbook (2006)

Your rating: None Average: 3.9 (82 votes)

Simplicity reigns in this traditional sauce—just basil, garlic, cheese and olive oil. Our one modification? We like omega-3-laden walnuts in the mix for their crunch and delicate flavor, but pine nuts, almonds, pecans or even pistachios may be substituted for the walnuts.



READER'S COMMENT:
"I loved this. It's delicious, and a reasonable amount of calories without less flavor. I'd half the salt and after you mix it see if you want more though, just FYI (the cheese is salty.) "
Basic Basil Pesto Recipe

10 Reviews for Basic Basil Pesto

09/24/2013
Anonymous
THIS is a Traditional HIGH FAT PESTO!

BEWARE THIS IS NOT LOWFAT AS EATING WELL LISTS! Very disappointed this is considered Eating Well, and also labeled as LOWFAT!! * OUTRAGEOUS! * Per serving there are 83 calories and 72 calories of this is FAT! Which makes it 86% FAT! This was the second recipe listed when I searched lowfat Pesto and as you can see it is NOT LOWFAT. Otherwise the recipe is a traditional Pesto and I'm am sure very good.

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Anonymous wrote 9 weeks 19 hours ago

It's actually not labeled as

It's actually not labeled as low fat. Here are the categories EatingWell puts this pesto under:
NUTRITION PROFILE
Low calorie | Low carbohydrate | Low cholesterol | Healthy weight | Gluten free |

09/12/2012
Anonymous

Good but salty - will try again with pine nuts and less salt!

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07/14/2012

I had an abundance of basil that I had grown, and this was the perfect way to use it. This was easy, flavorful, and healthier than many recipes I had come across for pesto. I used half the salt, per other suggestions, but otherwise followed the recipe. I plan to toss it with whole wheat linguini and some diced tomatoes for lunch. I'll definitely make it again!

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12/18/2010
Perfect with Pine Nuts

Awesome recipe. I used pine nuts instead because I am a fan of traditional pesto. Thanks so much for this recipe. I topped angel hair pasta and chicken with the pesto, which was perfect. Dinner was yummy!

Tasty, Healthy, Easy to make
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09/14/2010
Anonymous

I loved this. It's delicious, and a reasonable amount of calories without less flavor. I'd half the salt and after you mix it see if you want more though, just FYI (the cheese is salty.)

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