Low-Fat Spinach Pesto

Pesto is a flavorful sauce usually made with a lot of oil, nuts, and cheese. This slimmed-down version is just as delicious as the regular kind.

Serves: 8Hands-on: 10 minutesTotal: 10 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 8


  • 1 package (10 oz.) spinach
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • ½ cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ⅛ tsp. ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 to 4 Tbsp. water
  • 2 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese


  • In a food processor, combine spinach, garlic, basil, parsley, salt, and pepper and process until finely chopped.
  • With motor running, slowly add olive oil and lemon juice, then add enough water to make a thick sauce. Add cheese and mix well. To store, cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days, or freeze for longer storage.