Recipe By Jtallent
Published Mar 10th
Prep 15m Cook - Additional - Ready In 15m
Servings 8 servings Calories 42

Basil pesto is one of my favorite foods, especially in the summer. Unfortunately pesto is very high in fat and calories, so I have been working to create a lower fat and calorie version. This pesto is creamy and delicious without the guilt! This recipe is also great with any type of stock or nuts that you have at home.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh basil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon pine nuts
  • ¼ cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable broth, or as needed

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Chop basil, garlic, and pine nuts in a food processor. Add ricotta cheese to the basil mixture and process. Repeat with Parmesan cheese, olive oil, salt, and black pepper. Add vegetable broth and process until sauce is smooth. Add more broth if pesto is too thick.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 42
  • Carbohydrate 1.3 g
  • Cholesterol 4.6 mg
  • Fat 3.1 g
  • Fiber 0.2 g
  • Protein 2.5 g
  • Saturated Fat 1.1 g
  • Sodium 55.6 mg
  • Sugar 0.2 g


  1. A really nice alternative to traditional oily basil pesto! I used it on the 'Pesto Chicken' recipe (submitted to this site by PJaros) and it was lovely!
  2. It was good but a bit heavy on the garlic and we missed some of the oil. Next time I'll cut back on the garlic and sub oil in for the vegetable broth. A great and easy pesto recipe!
  3. Delicious. Don't miss the fat.
  4. I really liked this pesto. I didn't have pine nuts so I toasted some almonds and walnuts and that worked great. I skipped the oil too just added a little water to thin out the pesto a bit. The creaminess of the ricotta was nice too.
  5. Loved that this recipe didn't have as many calories as regular pesto & was yummy! Even though olive oil is a good type of oil it still has 119 Calories in just 1 TB! So I guess when you use a 1/2 cup or so of olive oil in regular pesto that is a lot - Read more ...
  6. This is a simple recipe that is easy to put together and has wonderful flavor. I used almonds instead of pine nuts and didn t use any vegetable broth but did add a little lemon juice.

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