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Creamy Broccoli Summer Pesto

So, I love pesto. It’s the greatest thing ever… I might be addicted. Anyway, I make basil pesto a lot, but when it’s so hot out I crave that flavor in a lighter form. So for dinner I decided to create a lighter summer pesto recipe that is also creamy and very flavorful. Recipe below for my creamy broccoli pesto sauce!

Ingredients
1-2 cloves garlic
3 tbsp pine nuts
2.5 cups frozen broccoli: cooked
3 tbsp fat free cream cheese
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1/2 tbsp lemon juice
1/4 tbsp dried basil
1 1/4 cup olive oil
1 tbsp low fat sour cream

Instructions
Combine broccoli, garlic, and pine nuts in food processor, chop until ingredients are well blended.

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Add remaining ingredients and blend until pesto is completely mixed. Add salt as needed.

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The lemon, cream cheese, and sour cream give this pesto a light and summery taste, while stilly being flavorful. Eat with pasta, quinoa, rice, etc. I chose to mix it with Arborrio rice to make a light pesto risotto.

I also recommend pairing a dish with this sauce with a Pinot Grigio white wine. It will complement the light, summery favors. Enjoy!

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Categories: Gluten-Free, Vegetarian

Author:Danielle Kay Riendeau

Photographer & designer. Vegetarian & Gluten-Free Food Blogger at Pink Troll Kitchen.

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