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Easy Healthy Homemade Pesto

Amy Lawrence
This healthy homemade basil pesto paste is super easy to make! It's a great flavor enhancer for pasta, soups, stews, chicken, beef and more! Freeze it into cubes so you can add it anytime you need flavor!
Weight Watchers Points: 2 Smart Points per tablespoon for all plans
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Sauce
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6 Tablespoons
Calories 83 kcal


  • 2 c. firmly packed fresh basil leaves washed, no stems or blooms
  • 2-3 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 c. grated parmesan
  • 1/4 t. kosher salt
  • 1/8 t. black pepper - I like mine with a little zip use less if you don't
  • 3 T. quality extra virgin olive oil


  • Wash basil and pat dry. Place in food processor.
  • Add garlic, parmesan, salt and pepper.
  • Process until finely chopped.
  • Transfer to a small bowl, add olive oil and combine well. (Note: if you add oil to food processor and over process, your pesto will be bitter, so just stir it in.)
  • Place in ice cube trays or use Souper Cubes 2 Tablespoons and freeze.  Or store in refrigerator for a few days.  Makes about 6 tablespoons.


Serving: 1TablespoonCalories: 83kcalCarbohydrates: 1.5gProtein: 1.6gFat: 8.3gSaturated Fat: 1.7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.8gMonounsaturated Fat: 5.3gCholesterol: 3.6mgSodium: 121.7mgPotassium: 43.7mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 0.4gVitamin A: 34.9IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 51.8mgIron: 0.3mg
Keyword pesto
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