4- Pesto
Once you’ve tasted the recipe for Homemade Basil and Walnut Pesto, you won’t want to buy packaged sauce again. It adds fresh, basil flavor to pastas, vegetables, and makes any sandwich taste gourmet. If you’re feeling fancy, try making it with a mortar and pestle instead of a food processor. It’ll give your pesto an even brighter flavor and silkier texture. Our recipe is fresh and healthy, but pay attention to the amount you’re using. One serving adds 82 calories to your meal.

Making your own pesto from scratch is easy and delicious! Use this basil and walnut paste as a spread on sandwiches, or use as a topping for meat, roasted vegetables, or whole grain pasta. Keep in mind that pesto is not low in fat, so don’t overdo it.

Total Time: 10 min.
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cooking Time: None
Yield: 8 servings, about 2 Tbsp. each

2 cups fresh basil leaves
¼ cup chopped toasted walnuts
¼ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
2 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
3 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
½ tsp. sea salt
½ tsp. ground black pepper

1. Place basil, walnuts, cheese, and garlic in a food processor; pulse until coarsely chopped.
2. Slowly add oil; pulsing constantly.
3. Season with salt and pepper.Basil-Pesto-700x350_rxru8r

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