Creamy Low Fat Pesto

READY IN: 20mins
Recipe by swirlycinnacakes

From the Best of American's Test Kitchen

Top Review by Elisa72

Very good pesto! I think only hardcore pesto aficionados will not like this as it is very close to the real thing, although noticeably less oily. The difference in calories makes it worthwhile to me!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Toast the garlic in a dry skillet over medium heat until it colors a bit on the outside--about 10 minutes. Cool the garlic, then press it through a garlic press or mince with a knife.
  2. Put the basil in a heavy-duty gallon sized bag and pound the bag with a meat pounder or rolling pin until it's bruised.
  3. Process the garlic, parmesan cheese, ricotta, oil, basil, shallots and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a food processor until smooth--about 30 seconds. Scrape down the sides of the processor as needed. Transfer to a small bowl and add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Cook 1 pound of pasta in your desired shape, drain and toss with the pesto. Serve with more parmesan.

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