Mrs. Schultz’s Pesto Sauce (lower-fat)

This recipe is lower in fat than most traditional recipes as it uses water, rather than oil, to achieve a creamy consistency. The difference in flavor and texture is unnoticeable.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups loosely packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup lightly toasted pine nuts (or walnuts)
  • 1.5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (taste before adding salt)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • 2-3 ounces Parmesan cheese, grated

Directions

  1. Lightly toast pine nuts (or walnuts).
  2. Chop basil in food processor or blender.
  3. Add the nuts, garlic, oil, salt, pepper, and Parmesan. If too thick, add a little water or more olive oil.
  4. Serve over cooked pasta or chicken.