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30 Amazing Recipes Using Pesto

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If you have a batch of homemade or storebought pesto, these recipes will inspire you to create incredible main dishes, salads, and appetizers.

Pesto Without Pine Nuts

a small white bowl of pesto.
Photo credit: Sustainable Cooks

This easy homemade pesto without pine nuts recipe comes together with only 6 simple ingredients. Homemade pesto is delicious and affordable.

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Homemade Fresh Basil Pesto

a jar of pesto on a napkin with a wooden spoon.
Photo credit: Scarlati Family Kitchen

This homemade fresh basil pesto is a delicious and versatile sauce that is used for pasta, pizza, sandwiches, and more! Made with fresh ingredients in a few simple steps, this classic Italian recipe will be a new staple in your kitchen.

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Basil Pesto Star Bread

star bread on a marbled board.
Photo credit: Baker’s Table

The absolute best savory Basil Pesto Star Bread for the holiday season! Made with a super simple enriched dough, layered with homemade basil pesto, and baked to golden perfection.

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Vegan Pesto

a small jar of vegan pesto.
Photo credit: Sustainable Cooks

A simple recipe for Vegan Pesto made with garden-fresh basil. This homemade dairy-free pesto recipe is wonderful in so many different dishes.

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Tomato Tart

a tomato tart on a sheet of parchment.
Photo credit: My Kids Lick the Bowl

This tomato tart is summer on a plate. An easy open tart recipe made with puff pastry fresh tomatoes and basil pesto it’s simple but delicious.

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Pesto Chicken Quinoa Bowl

chicken pesto quinoa in a bowl.
Photo credit: Fresh Apron

This Pesto Chicken Quinoa Bowl is a quick and easy weeknight meal. It’s ready in less than 30 minutes and is filled with all those delicious summer flavors.

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Pesto Mayo

a small bowl of pesto mayo with a spoon.
Photo credit: Sustainable Cooks

This amazing Pesto Mayo recipe will elevate anything you spread it on or dip into it. Sandwiches, veggies, deviled eggs, and dressings are all instantly transformed with this homemade pesto sauce!

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Tuna Pesto Pasta

a bowl of tuna pesto pasta.
Photo credit: The Cinnamon Jar

This easy tuna pesto pasta recipe is a delicious combination of tuna and aromatic, homemade pesto, perfectly tossed with al dente pasta. It’s bursting with fresh flavours, it’s filling, simple, yet elegant.

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Pesto Gnocchi

gnocchi in a sauce of creamy pesto.
Photo credit: Sustainable Cooks

This creamy Pesto Gnocchi is a simple and easy dinner that you can throw together in 15 minutes or less. You’ll want to make this delicious homemade comfort food part of your permanent meal plan.

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Pesto Salad Dressing

two small jars of pesto salad dressing.
Photo credit: Urban Farmie

This pesto salad dressing recipe is a versatile and flavorful salad dressing that’s perfect for summer picnics and barbecues! You can either make a pesto vinaigrette, or you can make it a creamier version with mayonnaise and mustard.

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Pesto Puff Pastry Pinwheels

puff pastry scrolls on a plate.
Photo credit: Flavours Treat

Pesto puff pastry pinwheels – Pesto Puff Pastry Pinwheels – perfectly flaky pastry spirals filled with savoury pesto and gooey cheese. The ultimate snack or party appetiser that’s easy to make and tastes delicious.

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How to Freeze Pesto

cubes of frozen pesto on a plate.
Photo credit: Sustainable Cooks

Learn all the tips and tricks for freezing pesto to save money and prevent food waste. A freezer stash of frozen pesto opens the door to amazing meals packed with flavor.

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Shrimp Pesto Pasta

a bowl of shrimp pasta.
Photo credit: Everyday Delicious

This shrimp pesto pasta is simple, delicious, and it comes together in about 30 minutes. It’s a great idea for a quick lunch after work and it’s perfect for a more elegant occasion as well.

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Pesto Rice

a small white bowl of pesto rice with tomatoes.
Photo credit: Sustainable Cooks

This Pesto Rice is a fast weeknight side dish that the whole family will love! Made on the stovetop or in the Instant Pot, this tasty rice dish is great for meal prep.

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Pesto Salmon

salmon topped with pesto.
Photo credit: Champagne Tastes

This easy Pesto Salmon is covered in basil pesto and then oven-roasted.  It’s delicious, ready in minutes, and is perfect for weeknight dinners.

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Pesto Orzo

a bowl of pesto orzo with feta and tomatoes.
Photo credit: Sustainable Cooks

This Pesto Orzo is a simple and easy dinner that you can throw together in 15 minutes or less. You’ll want to make this delicious homemade comfort food part of your permanent meal plan.

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Pesto Mashed Potatoes

a blue bowl of pesto mashed potatoes.
Photo credit: Brooklyn Farm Girl

You’re going to love these creamy pesto mashed potatoes.  This easy recipe combines the best mashed potatoes with fresh basil pesto to make a delicious side dish.

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Creamy Pesto Pasta

a bowl of noodles topped with parsley.
Photo credit: Sustainable Cooks

This Creamy Pesto Pasta is a simple meal that is delicious homemade comfort food. You can throw this incredible and easy dinner together in 20 minutes or less.

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Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Pasta

a skillet of sun-dried tomato pesto pasta.
Photo credit: The Savory Cipolla

Once you taste this Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Pasta, it’s going to be your family’s first choice too. This quick creamy vegetarian pasta recipe uses sun-dried tomato pesto and bursts with rich garlic, basil, and cheese!

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Grilled Chicken Margherita

chicken topped with mozzarella, tomatoes, and pesto.
Photo credit: Sustainable Cooks

Hello, summer and hellooooo grilled chicken Margherita! Tender, juicy chicken breast is paired with a garlicky sauce, pesto, jammy tomatoes, and melty mozzarella for an easy dinner packed with flavor.

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Pesto Shortbread Crackers

pesto shortbread crackers on a cutting board.
Photo credit: Tik Kido

Savory shortbread makes an easy, buttery, delicious homemade cracker.  This pesto cracker recipe gets its fabulous flavor from pesto, fresh basil, and toasted pine nuts.

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Pesto Ricotta Crostini

crostini with pesto and cheese on a wooden board.
Photo credit: The Savory Cipolla

This pesto ricotta crostini with roasted cherry tomatoes is a rustic and delicious appetizer, perfect for any summer occasion. If you’re having people over or want to snack on something delicious, you have to try this incredible appetizer!

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Creamy Chicken Pasta

chicken casserole with cheese and spinach.
Photo credit: Sustainable Cooks

This Creamy Chicken Pasta is a simple dinner of delicious homemade comfort food. Even better, this chicken pesto pasta makes delicious leftovers, and that makes you a meal prep legend.

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Grilled Eggplant Stacks

eggplant stacks topped with cheese and basil.
Photo credit: Divalicious Recipes

These grilled eggplant stacks are layered with tomato, basil pesto and Feta cheese for a colourful low carb eggplant dish.

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Turkey Pesto Bacon Sandwich

a sliced turkey pesto sandwich.
Photo credit: Sustainable Cooks

This easy recipe for a pesto Turkey Bacon Sandwich is a delicious and simple way to use up leftover turkey. This recipe creates a completely new and exciting dish with turkey and pesto that the whole family will love.

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Pesto Hummus

a bowl of pesto hummus with crackers and carrots.
Photo credit: Chisel & Fork

This pesto hummus recipe is super creamy and kicked up a notch by you guessed it – pesto. It works great as a dip or spread.

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Artichoke Pizza

pizza on a cast iron skillet with artichoke hearts.
Photo credit: Sustainable Cooks

This Artichoke Pizza is a simple dinner of pure delicious homemade comfort food. A creamy white pizza sauce, artichoke hearts, and smoky cheese come together in a tasty homemade pizza recipe.

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Caprese Pasta Salad

a pesto pasta salad in a bowl.
Photo credit: Food Nouveau

This simple Caprese Pasta salad with Pistachio Pesto is a luxurious meal you can enjoy at home or at the park: it perfectly encapsulates classic Italian flavors, in an easy-to-make, easy-to-enjoy package.

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Instant Pot Lentil Soup

Two bowls of lentil soup.
Photo credit: Sustainable Cooks

This easy and healthy vegetarian Instant Pot Lentil soup is incredibly tasty and hearty! There are vegan lentil soup adaptations as well as crockpot instructions. 

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Pesto Tortellini Pasta Salad

tortellini pasta salad with veggies.
Photo credit: Sustainable Cooks

This Tortellini Pasta Salad is a simple and easy meal that you can throw together in 15 minutes or less. Perfect as a fast side, main dish, or quick lunch, this cold tortellini salad will become a family favorite.

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