Pistachio Pesto

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Pesto Ingredients
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A well-done pesto is a thing of beauty for the eyes, for the mouth and for the heart. It’s a deliciously simple food with just a few ingredients: fresh basil, olive oil, pine nuts, garlic and hard cheese.

Pesto is as nutritious as it is delicious. Check out these stats. One-quarter cup of fresh basil leaves has only six calories but those calories pack a powerful wallop of nutrients: 316 IU vitamin A and 189 micrograms of beta-carotene, plus a heaping helping of  iron, calcium and vitamin K. Olive oil is one of the healthiest fats available, and garlic offers some impressive benefits for your heart and your health, including anti-inflammatory activity and — some research suggests – helping to regulate the number of fat cells in your body.

Try this tasty twist on the classic Italian condiment, using pistachios instead of the traditional pine nuts. Pistachios pack in an extra antioxidant wallop with the addition of vitamin E (about 23 g per 100 g serving) and B complex vitamins, as well as boosting the mineral content of your pesto with copper, manganese, calcium, iron, selenium and magnesium.

Pistachio Basil Pesto

From Herb Profiles | Condiments and Sauces | Italian

Pistachios give this version of pesto an unexpected flavor twist.


cal Calories 139kcal

High fat Total Fat 13g

sat fat Saturated Fat 2g

chol Cholesterol 3mg

sodium Sodium 121mg

Low carbs Total Carbohydrate 3g

Serving size 29g Calories from fat 121kcal Fiber 1g Protein 3g Sugar 1g
8 servings


  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 cup pistachios, shelled
  • 2 cups freshly picked basil leaves
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. 1. Pulse the garlic in a food processor until it is finely chopped.
  2. 2. Add the pistachios, basil leaves, lime juice and salt. Continue pulsing until the pistachios are finely chopped.
  3. 3. Gradually add olive oil in a thin stream through the food chute and process until the ingredients are completely combined.
  4. 4. Add grated cheese and pulse 3-4 times to mix it into the pesto.


  • Stir into hot pasta or spread on whole wheat toast for a healthy, high-protein snack.

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Posted in Cook by Deb Powers on May 24th, 2013 at 6:14 am.

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