Baby Greens-Pecorino Pesto

Here's a homemade pesto unlike the usual, there's no basil! Fully customize this pesto recipe with your choice of greens and nuts for the flavor profile that best matches your meal.

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  • Makes: 24 servings
  • Serving Size: 1 tablespoon
  • Makes: 1 1/2 cups
  • Start to Finish: 20 mins

Baby Greens-Pecorino Pesto

Directions

  1. In a food processor or blender combine all of the ingredients. Cover and process or blend until nearly smooth, stopping to scrape bowl as needed.
  2. To store, place 2 tablespoons of the pesto into each slot of a standard ice cube tray; cover tightly with foil. Freeze up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature 1 to 2 hours before using.

From the Test Kitchen

Cilantro Pesto:

Prepare as directed, except substitute cilantro for the greens and substitute aged Cotija or use the Parmesan for the cheese.

Per tablespoon: same as above except 73 cal., 3 mg chol., 111 mg sodium, 1 g pro.

Gremolata Pesto:

Prepare as directed, except substitute 1 1/2 cups parsley for half of the greens, omit the cheese, and add 1 tablespoon lemon, lime, or orange zest to the mixture in Step 1.

Per tablespoons: 62 cal., 6 g fat (1 g sat. fat), 0 mg chol., 66 mg sodium, 2 g carb., 1 g fiber, 1 g pro.

Chimichurri:

Prepare as directed, except omit the cheese and black pepper and add 1/4 cup snipped fresh oregano, 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar, and 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper to the mixture in Step 1.

Per tablespoon: 64 cal., 6 g fat (1 g sat. fat), 0 mg chol., 65 mg sodium, 2 g carb., 1 g fiber, 1 g pro.

Classic Basil Pesto:

Prepare as directed, except substitute basil leaves for the greens, substitute walnuts for the nuts, and use the Parmesan for the cheese.

Per tablespoon: same as above except 72 cal., 89 mg sodium,1 g pro.

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Nutrition Facts (Baby Greens-Pecorino Pesto)

  • Per serving:
  • 70 kcal ,
  • 7 g fat
  • (1 g sat. fat ,
  • 1 g polyunsaturated fat ,
  • 4 g monounsaturated fat ),
  • 2 mg chol. ,
  • 96 mg sodium ,
  • 1 g carb. ,
  • 0 g fiber ,
  • 0 g sugar ,
  • 2 g pro.
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