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For a while now, I’ve been looking for a good Weight Watchers Pesto Recipe that still had all the flavor, but with less PointsPlus.

After playing around with a combination of a few recipes, I finally came up with one that turned out really well, yet didn’t sacrifice the pine nuts, the Parmesan or the olive oil….these are 3 staples in a traditional pesto recipe, and I felt that they could not be sacrificed.

However, by reducing the amounts of those ingredients, and increasing the amounts of the lower calorie ingredients, I was able to get the end result at just 2 Points for a 1/4 cup serving!

Since pesto is pretty powerful, and not much is needed to deliver it’s fabulous flavor, I feel that this is seriously a great bargain. Try this recipe yourself, and serve it over chicken, fish, roasted veggies, 0 Calorie Miracle Noodles, or as a dip for some low calorie breadsticks.

Ah, the possibilities are endless.

If you are a Weight Watcher who loves pesto sauce, this recipe is a must try.

Low Calorie Pesto Sauce Recipe

This healthier, low calorie version of a traditional pesto sauce recipe, is a truly a force to be reckoned with. Enjoy all the flavors you love, but with just 2 Points for each 1/4 cup serving. Serve it over chicken, fish, pasta, pizza…whatever your pesto loving heart desires. And indulge, knowing that this easy pesto sauce is guilt free!


  • 1 cup fresh basil, firmly packed
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp pine nuts
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 tbs fat free vegetable broth
  • 1 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tsp salt, or more to taste
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper


  1. Place all ingredients into a food processor and blend to desired consistency. Refrigerate or freeze until ready to use.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time:

Diet type: Vegan

Diet tags: Low calorie, Reduced fat, Reduced carbohydrate

Number of servings (yield): 8

Culinary tradition: Italian

Entire recipe makes 8 servings
Serving size is ¼ cup
Each serving = 2 Points

PER SERVING: 108 calories; 8g fat; 2 g carbohydrates; 2 g protein; 2 g fiber


  1. AnnMarie

    Love!!! Just made.. with a timely tweak.. I had a yellow pepper on its last day… and 1/2 a red onion. I sautéed with some cherry tomatoes (also clinging to life) and put those in the food processor with the garlic and herbs! Omgoodness! The flavor from parsley/basil was outstanding! I didn’t miss the extra parm/olive oil at all! New staple!

  2. Alyssa H

    Thank you thank you thank you! This is so delicious! I was making a high calorie, high points plus pasta salad and with your pesto sauce and a couple other tweaks I was able to make a delicious, 5 point per cup pasta salad. Your recipe is delicious, light, and flavorful. Will be making again and again.

  3. I just ate this and it’s SO good! Even better than regular pesto, because it’s not oily. I made english muffin pesto pizza with lowfat cheese.

    Only thing is, I calculated and got 3, not 2 using the ww recipe builder. Still totally doable, but just wanted to make the correction on the points + value.

    • The recipe builder on the Weight Watchers website, is often inaccurate. It takes general calculations for your ingredients. When I build my recipes, I am actually adding up all the stats from the nutrition labels and entering it into my Weight Watchers Points Plus Calculator. That’s really the best way to get the most accurate information. :)

  4. How can this be Vegan is there is Parmesan cheese ??

  5. I was searching for vegan ww recipes when I came across this site.

    While this does look tasty, Parmesan cheese is NOT vegan.

    • Thanks for catching that it – my mistake! It should just be categorized as a Vegetarian Weight Watchers Recipe, not Vegan. I've just corrected it.


    MY RECIPE CALLS FOR : 2 cups Basil 2 TBS. pine nuts 2 garlic cloves(add more if you like)

    1/2 tsp. salt 1/4 cup Parm cheese 1/4 cup EVOO

    I do like the idea of the broth in case the pesto is too thick, instead of using more oil.

    I will try your recipe.

    Ciao Sally

    • Thanks for sharing, Sally! The extra ingredients help increase the quantity and flavor of the sauce, without increasing the Points + value.

  7. Heather W @ www.runn

    Oh, this looks amazing! I am always trying to stay away from pesto, but I can't wait to try this recipe! :)