Rocket and Basil Pesto

  • 5MINS
  • 151KCAL

This quick and easy, slimming friendly Rocket and Basil Pesto is perfect to serve with all sorts of food – and low in Points and calories too!

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories151
  • Carbs7g
  • Protein17g
  • Fat6g
  • Saturates1g
  • Sugars3g

For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff to know in the blurb!

This gorgeous green and vibrant Rocket and Basil Pesto is really tasty – even if we do say so ourselves! It livens up a multitude of foods with its fresh and savoury flavour; meat, fish, vegetables, pasta…you name it, there’s not much that can’t be improved by a dollop of Rocket and Basil Pesto!

Even better, Rocket and Basil Pesto is suuuuper easy to make. There’s only one step!

You can use the Rocket and Basil Pesto with our Creamy Mashed Potatoes, just stir a tablespoon of the pesto into your mash to infuse the flavour. Or why not use our pesto recipe to pimp up our Cheesy Garlic Bread? Simply spread on a tablespoon or so before cooking to give it that pesto kick!

What diets is this Rocket and Basil Pesto suitable for?

This Rocket and Basil Pesto recipe is suitable for vegetarian and gluten free diets.

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Rocket and Basil Pesto recipe?

  • You need to count 6 Points per portion of this Rocket and Basil Pesto recipe if you’re on WW Green.
  • You need to count 6 Points per portion of this Rocket and Basil Pesto recipe if you’re on WW Blue.
  • You need to count 6 Points per portion of this Rocket and Basil Pesto recipe if you’re on WW Purple.

Do you need any special ingredients to make Rocket and Basil Pesto?

There are no special ingredients needed to make this recipe, although you will need a blender.

How many Calories are in this Rocket and Basil Pesto?

There are 151 Calories per portion in this Rocket and Basil Pesto, which means it falls into our Everyday Light category.

To cut down the amount of calories even more, you can simply halve the portion size and serve with a healthy accompaniment.

This Rocket and Basil Pesto is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet, and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers.

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Step 1

Put all the ingredients into a blender, and blend until smooth. Done! Serve with pasta, meat, mix into mashed potato. Enjoy!

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How do you know when this Rocket and Basil Pesto is cooked?

Just blend until smooth – no cooking required!

How long can you keep Rocket and Basil Pesto in the fridge?

Rocket and Basil Pesto will keep in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so.

Can you freeze the Rocket and Basil Pesto?

We do not recommend freezing this recipe.

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Rocket and Basil Pesto

This quick and easy, slimming friendly Rocket and Basil Pesto is perfect to serve with all sorts of food – and low in Point and calories too!
  • Prep Time
    5 MINS
  • KCals 151
  • Carbs 7G
  • WW Points:
  • 6 Green
  • 6 Blue
  • 6 Purple

Ingredients

  • 250 g quark
  • 11 pecan halves
  • handful of rocket
  • handful of fresh basil
  • ½ tsp lazy garlic
  • salt to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste

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Instructions

  1. Put all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Done! Serve with pasta, meat, mix into mashed potato. Enjoy!

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10 comments

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ElsieMonday 18th February 2019

Hi There! This sounds so yummy but I am allergic to nuts 🙁 What would you recommend to replace the pecans?

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    CateMonday 8th April 2019

    30g of Parmesan cheese would work well in place of the nuts 🙂

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AlyTuesday 3rd April 2018

Hi do you guys have a blender that you’d recommend?

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DimaTuesday 20th March 2018

Thanks for the tip!
Can I freeze it without the quark?

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DimaTuesday 20th March 2018

Thanks for this recipe. I was wondering how I could make this in bulk for busy days. Would it work if I blitz all ingredients except for quark and keep in fridge then mix the quantity I require with quark just before using?

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AvrilFriday 23rd February 2018

Hi, mine turned out runny and smooth – I suspect due to what I used to blitz it! Though I don’t mind as it tastes lovely! Makes a perfect sauce for pasta. I also used fresh garlic as I couldn’t find the lazy type and it worked fine. But the upshot of the runny consistency is that there is way more than 2 portions – at least for me. I had some on a handful of pasta for lunch and only needed 2 desert spoons! Very yummy

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GemmaMonday 8th January 2018

Hi I can’t eat nuts would I be able to use anything else? Would chickpeas work?

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Lesley BTuesday 12th September 2017

Thanks, sorry don’t know where I got walnuts from, meant pecans! Thanks for answering xx

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Emma TMonday 11th September 2017

Hi Lesley,

All the details are on the recipe ????

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JennySunday 3rd September 2017

How long will this last and do you think it could be frozen?

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