A syn free Slimming World Pesto recipe. The perfect pasta sauce, whizzed up in 2 minutes flat.
If you follow my ramblings on YouTube you’ll know that I’ve been following the Slimming World plan on and off (a fair bit of off…) for a few months. I’m trying to find some balance in life where I can follow the plan and fill up on lots of low fat, high veg meals but also enjoy some of my favourite things.
I think I’m working out that the trick is to make some healthier versions of my most loved meals. So far I’ve experimented with making Slimming World version of nachos, loaded potato skins and now pesto.
This recipe is a real winner in our house. Now, let’s be honest, it’s not going to pass for ‘real’ pesto, but it’s a good imitation if you normally eat pesto like it’s going out of fashion (moi?).
It’s pokey enough to pack a real flavour punch (thanks raw garlic!) that somehow keeps me satisfied for much longer than any old bland supper. It’s super quick to make and keeps in the fridge for a few days too.
I made mine in my amazing, life changing (honestly this blender is), much loved Froothie. It carries out some kind of magic that whips the Quark into submission and leaves it silky smooth with no herby lumps. Just a creamy, light, fresh sauce.
Just to digress for a second, but if you’re in the market for a new blender pop and have a look at the Froothie site. I am an ambassador for the brand because I love them so much. Years of kitchen gadgets and nothing has ever impressed me quite as much as this super machine. It takes raw beetroot, carrots, apples and within seconds they are deliciously smooth, no gloop smoothies but with all the good stuff still in there, unlike juicing. Especially fab if you’re a Slimming World fan as vegetable juice and smoothies (unlike ones with fruit in) and SuperFree Food. Hurrah!
You can check out the Froothie I use here: Froothie Optimum 9200A Domestic Blender
Anyway, back to pesto business. If you try this in a normal blender please let me know how it goes!
Serve this over hot steaming spaghetti and if you are following Slimming World, throw in some green beans, asparagus or spinach at the end of the cooking time to get your Superfree vegetables quota.
Top Tip! When using raw garlic, remove that little shoot section inside the middle of each clove. It stops that horrid burpy (sorry) feeling afterwards apparently.
Also, you could add your Healthy Extra Parmesan cheese to this but I don’t think it really needs it.
- 250g Tub of Quark
- Large handful of basil
- Large handful of mint
- Large handful of dill
- 2 Cloves of garlic (peeled)
- Zest and Juice of a lemon
- Plenty of black pepper and sea salt
- Blitz everything together until completely smooth.
- Serve over hot pasta or on grilled meat or fish.
What’s your favourite meal that helps you stay on track when trying to be healthier? And seriously, big questions of the world, is there anything better to eat than fresh herby pesto and pasta?
PS. If you’re following Slimming World, please pop over to my YouTube channel for regular updates, recipes and ideas.
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Disclaimer: I received a Froothie blender to test out as an ambassador for the brand, but all opinions are my own. This posts contains affiliate links.