*Recipes* Low-Calorie Pesto Sauce

From Laloosh

Low Calorie Pesto Sauce

For a while now, I’ve been looking for a good Weight Watchers Pesto Recipe that still had all the flavor, but with less PointsPlus. After playing around with a combination of a few recipes, I finally came up with one that turned out really well, yet didn’t sacrifice the pine nuts, the Parmesan or the olive oil….these are 3 staples in a traditional pesto recipe, and I felt that they could not be sacrificed. However, by reducing the amounts of those ingredients, and increasing the amounts of the lower calorie ingredients, I was able to get the end result at just 2 Points + for a 1/4 cup serving! Since pesto is pretty powerful, and not much is needed to deliver it’s fabulous flavor, I feel that this is seriously a great bargain. Try this recipe yourself, and serve it over chicken, fish, roasted veggies, 0 Calorie Miracle Noodles, or as a dip for some low calorie breadsticks. Ah, the possibilities are endless. If you are a Weight Watcher who loves pesto sauce, this recipe is a must try.


Low Calorie Pesto Sauce Recipe

This healthier, low calorie version of a traditional pesto sauce recipe, is a truly a force to be reckoned with. Enjoy all the flavors you love, but with just 2 Points + for each 1/4 cup serving. Serve it over chicken, fish, pasta, pizza…whatever your pesto loving heart desires. And indulge, knowing that this easy pesto sauce is guilt free!


  • 1 cup fresh basil, firmly packed
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp pine nuts
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 tbs fat free vegetable broth
  • 1 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tsp salt, or more to taste
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper


  1. Place all ingredients into a food processor and blend to desired consistency. Refrigerate or freeze until ready to use.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time:

Diet type: Vegan

Diet tags: Low calorie, Reduced fat, Reduced carbohydrate

Number of servings (yield): 8

Culinary tradition: Italian

Rating 5 stars:  ★★★★★ 1 review(s)

Entire recipe makes 8 servings
Serving size is ¼ cup
Each serving = 2 Points +

PER SERVING: 108 calories; 8g fat; 2 g carbohydrates; 2 g protein; 2 g fiber
Read more: http://www.laaloosh.com/2011/05/31/low-calorie-pesto-sauce-recipe/#ixzz1OptHBxJt


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