This is a great option for a lighter version of pesto. It does taste "lighter" but not in a bad way. I wish I had read the reviews and only added 1/4 C of the chicken broth to make it less watery but instead I added more basil leaves. I also substituted walnuts for the pine nuts. The points are the same for 2 TBS of both. I often do that in my regular pesto recipe.