Pasta with Low-Fat Walnut Pesto

Pasta with Low-Fat Walnut Pesto

  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min
  • Total: 20 min
  • Serving: 4 Servings

This version of pesto is lighter and has less fat than the original Italian version, but still tastes delicious tossed with warm pasta.


  • 2 tablespoons walnuts, toasted
  • 2 slices whole-wheat country bread, crusts trimmed and torn into pieces
  • 1 cup packed fresh parsley leaves
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons nonfat plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt & freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 12 ounces linguini
  • 4 tablespoons Parmesan cheese shavings


  1. Cook the linguini al dente according to package directions, drain, cover and set aside.
  2. In the meantime, process the bread, parsley, garlic, salt, pepper and the walnuts in a food processor until finely chopped, and then add the yogurt and oil continue to process until smooth.
  3. Pour the pesto sauce over the warm pasta and toss to combine. Sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese shavings and serve immediately.


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