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Simple Pesto

Pesto is so versatile, you'll never run out of ways to enjoy it. Toss spoonfuls of this no-cook sauce with hot pasta or steamed vegetables, use it as a spread on sandwiches and wraps, or serve as a dip with raw vegetables or pita chips. You can easily adapt pesto to your budget by substituting sale-priced nuts, herbs/greens and cheese, or what you've got on hand or in the garden.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 Cup nuts, such as walnuts, pine nuts, or sunflower kernels
  • 2 Cups packed chopped raw herbs/greens, such as basil, kale, or parsley
  • 1/2 Cup grated hard cheese, such as Parmesan or Romano
  • 2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon water (optional)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon ground black pepper

Directions

Pulse all ingredients in a food processor until smooth. 

Nutritional Facts
Servings6
Calories Per Serving118
Total Fat11g17%
Sugar0.4gN/A
Saturated2g12%
Cholesterol6mg2%
Protein4g9%
Carbs2g1%
Vitamin A41µg5%
Vitamin B120.1µg1.9%
Vitamin C3mg5%
Vitamin E1mg6%
Vitamin K39µg49%
Calcium127mg13%
Fiber0.4g1.5%
Folate (food)9µgN/A
Folate equivalent (total)9µg2%
Iron0.7mg3.8%
Magnesium24mg6%
Monounsaturated5gN/A
Niacin (B3)0.3mg1.7%
Phosphorus103mg15%
Polyunsaturated2gN/A
Potassium72mg2%
Sodium130mg5%
Zinc0.7mg4.6%