Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Healthy Pesto Pasta

I found this Pesto recipe from my favorite website and now cooking show, The Hungry Girl.

Simply the Pesto
PER SERVING (1/4th of recipe, about 2 tbsp.): 68 calories, 5g fat, 228mg sodium, 3g carbs, 0.25g fiber, 0.5g sugars, 3g protein -- PointsPlus™ value 2*

1 cup fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup fat-free ricotta cheese
2 tbsp. reduced-fat Parmesan-style grated topping
2 tbsp. pine nuts
1 tsp. olive oil
1 tsp. chopped garlic
1/4 tsp. salt, or more to taste
1/4 tsp. black pepper, or more to taste

Place all ingredients in a small blender or food processor, and blend/process until a smooth paste forms. If you like, add additional salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate until ready to serve!

I will toss this with a package of Shirataki Noodles. Rinse the noodles, pat completely dry with a paper towel. Heat noodles in a frying pan to dry up any liquid left behind and to heat the noodles. Cut the noodles into smaller pieces, they are very long. Toss with the pest and serve.

Add these to your favorite soups, salads, frozen diet meals such as Lean Cuisine to make it a large portion with out added calories or anywhere else you'd normally use pasta. I cannot possibly begin to explain to you how much we love these noodles. They WILL change your life.

Nutritional Info:

Serving Size: 4 oz.
Calories: 20
Fat: .5g
Carbs: 3g
Protein: 1g
Fiber: 2g

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