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Light Pesto Recipe

"I adapted this recipe by substituting fresh lemon juice for olive oil—cutting the fat, but not the flavor," says Cynthia Nardi from Uhrichsville, Ohio. "
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 5 min. YIELD:5 servings


  • 4 ounces Romano cheese, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 2-2/3 cups loosely packed fresh basil
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • Hot cooked spaghetti


  • 1. In a food processor, combine Romano cheese and garlic; cover and process for 30 seconds. Add the basil, nuts, salt and pepper; cover and process until combined, about 15 seconds. While processing, add the lemon juice; process about 15 seconds longer or until combined. Toss the spaghetti. Yield: 5 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1/4 cup: 155 calories, 11g fat (4g saturated fat), 24mg cholesterol, 626mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 2g fiber), 9g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 fat, 1 vegetable.

Reviews for Light Pesto

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kellytreats User ID: 7154300 90262
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2013

"Wow! What a great recipe for a lighter calorie pesto! The taste is quite potent though but the positive side of that is you don't have to use as much. I will never make olive oil pesto again. The lemon replacement tastes just as good! Thanks!!"

bropyouthguy User ID: 2297663 137291
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2011

"This is our go to recipe for a tasty pesto. I make 6 batches of this recipe every time I make it, and freeze it for future use. We recently tried it as the sauce for our pizza and our whole family loves it. Will definitely make it again and again."

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