|1/4 cup (120 ml) olive oil|
|1/4 cup (50 g) shredded mozzarella cheese|
|3 garlic cloves|
|1/2 cup basil leaves|
|3 tablespoons pine nuts|
Add all ingredients to the Vitamix. (I like to keep the basil and cheese frozen so they keep longer). Select Variable 1 and increase speed to 8. Blend for 10 seconds. Makes 1 cup.
Taste score: 9/10
Likes: This pesto tasted great on wheat bread with american cheese and grilled chicken. I will try the rest with wheat pasta and a little olive oil.
Dislikes: I wish I added salt, and I think sticking with the traditional parmesan would have turned out better.
Nutritional score: 7/10
While pesto is a better alternative to butter or mayo, it's still high in fat (but the good fats). Basil leaves have a good source of Vitamin A, and the pine nuts are loaded with antioxidants like Vitamin K and Lutein.