I enjoy a fresh pesto sauce now and again. For my birthday this year, my girlfriend Katie took me into Manhattan for dinner and a show. We ate at this nice little Italian restaurant. For our appetizer we ordered fresh tomato and mozzarella. They served it with a little drop of pesto that was just amazing. The aroma was heavenly!

Fresh BasilEarlier this week I shared a recipe for Chicken Portobello which called for some pesto. A few of my readers have asked for a healthy pesto recipe, so here it is!

1 cup fresh basil, firmly packed
1/2 cup parsley
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan or Romano cheese
2 Tbs pinenuts
2 garlic cloves
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tomato, seeded
2 Tbs chicken broth

1 Place all ingredients into a food processor and blend to desired consistency (either chopped or smooth). Refrigerate or freeze until ready to use.

2 One generous serving is 1/4 cup. Mix into hot pasta or spoon onto grilled fish or chicken. (Lemon juice may be added to taste).

Nutritional Analysis:
Calories 100; Fat 9 g; Cholesterol 2 mg; Sodium 155 mg; Protein 2 g; Carbohydrate 2 g; Fiber 2 g.

Servings: 8