Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Homemade Pesto Sauce recipe

Pesto is a traditional Italian sauce based on basil and pine nuts, and usually packed with olive oil. This version is lightened up by the exchange of vegetable broth or chicken stock for some of the oil. The taste is fresh and the sauce is great - it is thrown with cooked pasta or spoon it over fish or vegetables poultry.

Home Pesto Sauce recipe - 195 calories

2 cups fresh basil leaves
2 tablespoons pine nuts
1 / 4 cup grated parmesan cheese
2 cloves garlic, peeled
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 / 2 cup reduced-sodium vegetable or chicken stock
1 / 2 teaspoon table salt

1. Place the pine nuts in small Skillet and set the pan over medium heat.
2. Cook for about 3 minutes (until the nuts are golden brown), shaking the pan frequently to prevent burning. Transfer the nuts to a plate to cool.
3. In a blender or food processor, combine the nuts, broth, basil, oil, cheese, garlic and salt; process until smooth and thick. Produce approximately 1 / 4 cup per serving.

Dose: 2

Nutritional information for one serving:
Calories: 195
Total fat: 16.7 g
Cholesterol: 11 mg
Sodium: 793 mg
Total carbs: 5.1 g
Fiber: 2 g
Protein: 8.4 g
Weight Watchers points: 5