Light Creamy Basil Pesto
Creating a light version of this fat-laden condiment was a formidable task, but our tasty stand-in has strong basil flavor and minimal fat.
Why This Recipe Works
Our big challenge in creating a light basil pesto recipe was in coming up with a way to reduce the amount of oil. Thinking that ricotta cheese, when pureed with the other pesto ingredients, would have an emulsifying effect similar to oil, we tried multiple batches, lowering the amount of olive oil and adding ricotta each time. Finally, we reached a combination that gave our light basil pesto recipe a creamy texture as well as a sweet and welcome dairy flavor.