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.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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.

Nutrition Facts

70 calories; 7 g total fat; 1 g saturated fat; 1 g polyunsaturated fat; 4 g monounsaturated fat; 2 mg cholesterol; 96 mg sodium. 50 mg potassium; 1 g carbohydrates; 0 g fiber; 0 g sugar; 2 g protein; 0 g trans fatty acid; 78 IU vitamin a; 1 mg vitamin c; 0 mg thiamin; 0 mg riboflavin; 0 mg niacin equivalents; 0 mg vitamin b6; 4 mcg folate; 0 mcg vitamin b12; 33 mg calcium; 0 mg iron;

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