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Easy Pesto

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Easy Pesto

Easy Pesto - This light pesto recipe works perfectly with pasta and fish.

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Health Score:
7,5 / 10
Difficulty:
very easy
Difficulty
Preparation:
15 min.
Preparation
Calories:
51
calories
Calories

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Nutritional values

A classic pesto includes pine nuts, garlic, salt, cheese and lots of olive oil. In this recipe, white beans replace much of the caloric oil and cheese, which provides a good portion of protein and produces a lovely texture.

Pesto is very versatile. Instead of basil, you can substitute it with other herbs such as parsley, lemon balm, or arugula. Pistachios, almonds, cashews, or other nuts can also be used instead of pine nuts. 

1 gram contains
(Percentage of daily recommendation)
Calorie51 kcal(2 %)
Protein2 g(2 %)
Fat4 g(3 %)
Carbohydrates1 g(1 %)
Sugar added0 g(0 %)
Roughage1 g(3 %)
Vitamin A0.1 mg(13 %)
Vitamin D0 μg(0 %)
Vitamin E0.6 mg(5 %)
Vitamin B₁0 mg(0 %)
Vitamin B₂0 mg(0 %)
Niacin0.6 mg(5 %)
Vitamin B₆0 mg(0 %)
Folate11 μg(4 %)
Pantothenic acid0.1 mg(2 %)
Biotin0.7 μg(2 %)
Vitamin B₁₂0 μg(0 %)
Vitamin C2 mg(2 %)
Potassium77 mg(2 %)
Calcium56 mg(6 %)
Magnesium10 mg(3 %)
Iron0.9 mg(6 %)
Iodine1 μg(1 %)
Zinc0.3 mg(4 %)
Saturated fatty acids1 g
Uric acid6 mg
Cholesterol2 mg
Development of this recipe:

Ingredients

for
8
Ingredients
1 ounce
2
3 tablespoons
white Beans (canned)
2 tablespoons
3 bunches
1 ounce
Preparation

Kitchen utensils

1 Small skillet, 1 Cutting board, 1 Small knife, 1 Tablespoon, 1 Sieve, 1 Immersion blender, 1 deep bowl, 1 Can opener

Preparation steps

1.
Easy Pesto preparation step 1

In a dry small skillet, toast the pine nuts until golden brown.

2.
Easy Pesto preparation step 2

Peel the garlic and chop coarsely.

3.
Easy Pesto preparation step 3

Drain beans, rinse under cold water and drain well.

4.
Easy Pesto preparation step 4

Combine pine nuts, beans, garlic and olive oil in a tall vessel and puree until smooth with an immersion blender. 

5.
Easy Pesto preparation step 5

Rinse basil, shake dry, pluck leaves and chop coarsely.

6.
Easy Pesto preparation step 6

Add basil to the bean mixture and pulse until combined. 

7.
Easy Pesto preparation step 7

Grate Parmesan cheese and stir into pesto. Season with salt and pepper. If not serving immediately, refrigerate in an airtight container for 2-3 days.