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Atkins Basil Pesto
Net Carbs
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 0 Minutes
Phase: Phase 1
Difficulty: Easy









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  • 6 oz Basil
  • 1/3 cup Dried Pine Nuts
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan Cheese (Grated)
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/3 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil


For this recipe you will need 3 cups of chopped basil.  Despite its low carb content, this recipe is not appropriate for Induction because it contains nuts. Toasting the nuts enhances the flavor. Add more garlic if you prefer.  Mix pesto with mayonnaise or cream cheese for a quick dip or thick sauce to spoon over fish, chicken, beef or steamed vegetables. It's also great atop slices of tomato and mozzarella.  See variation below.  Each servings is 1/4 cup.  Please note that this recipe is acceptable for Phase 1 but not for Induction due to the pine nuts.

  1. Combine basil, pine nuts, Parmesan, garlic and salt in a food processor or blender; pulse until finely chopped.
  2. Add oil in a slow and steady stream with machine running; process until fairly smooth but not puréed. 
  3. Serve immediately or refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 1 month.
For Arugula-Walnut Pesto:  Prepare Basil Pesto according to directions, substituting arugula for the basil and walnuts for the pine nuts.

Cooking Tip

Basil has a tendency to turn brown once cut. Add parsley to this recipe to keep the pesto bright and green for days!

How to Calculate Atkins Net Carbs

Atkins Net Carbs = Total Carbohydrates – Fiber – Sugar Alcohols/Glycerin (if applicable)