Quick and Easy Pesto Recipes
Chicken and Pasta with Spinach-Basil Pesto
In this recipe for pesto you get double the greens when you use both spinach and basil in the pesto sauce. Stir the pesto into a mixture of fresh veggies and pasta, then top with cooked chicken breast for an all-in-one meal that serves the whole family. Those extra two cups of spinach leaves help make this a healthy pesto recipe that you can use in place of store bought.
Italian Pesto Pasta Salad
Upgrade pesto from mere condiment to side-dish star in a pesto pasta recipe. Cannellini beans and elbow macaroni play nice with pesto, while baby arugula packs peppery punch. Using store-bought sauce speeds this easy pesto recipe along, but you can always make your own if you prefer homemade.
Twice-Baked Pesto Mashed Potatoes
Mashed and twice-baked potatoes are both nice, but adding pesto creates a next-level side dish. Mix your favorite pesto (both basil and tomato pesto recipes are good) with the potatoes, then add them back into the skins and cook again. Serve with extra pesto on the side and pine nuts on top for a tasty upgrade to a classic twice-baked potato.
Pineapple Pesto Chicken Wraps
We love the speed and ease of wrap recipes for weeknight dinners, and this pesto chicken wrap is definitely both speedy and easy (plus full of fresh flavors). Pineapple in the pesto and the filling gives a tropical flavor to the fiber- and protein-packed pesto chicken dinner.
Ravioli with Spinach Pesto
Four-cheese ravioli and sliced yellow summer squash add buttery sweetness to your homemade pesto in this 20-minute toss. Add a bit of chicken, pork, or other protein to make this pesto pasta a hearty meal that sticks with you longer. Thanks to its short cook time, you can make this simple pesto recipe any night you need a quick dinner.
Espresso-Rubbed Steak with Green Chile Pesto
Pep up your pesto with the addition of Anaheim chile peppers (poblano peppers will do in a pinch). The sauce is incredible on sweet espresso-rubbed flank steaks. Sound hard? Consider: This pesto sauce recipe (including cooking the steak) takes just 30 minutes.
This may look like your traditional pesto recipe, but check the ingredient list and you’ll see it has a whole new flavor profile. Spinach replaces basil, walnuts replace pine nuts, and Asiago cheese replaces Parmesan. Sometimes you just need to mix things up, and this walnut pesto recipe does exactly that.
Garden Veggie Linguine with Cilantro Pesto
Your food processor makes quick work of this homemade pesto dish that features two oranges to tang up traditional pesto ingredients. Toss the sweet sauce with cooked linguine, carrots, and zucchini. This basic pesto recipe is ready in just 30 minutes, which means you can dig in that much sooner.
Garlic Scape and Basil Pesto
Garlic scapes are a little different than traditional garlic cloves. The scapes are the long, green stems that grow from the tops of hardneck garlic. Scapes still have a garlicky flavor, but it's not quite as strong as the more assertive cloves so you don't need to worry about a cup of scapes overwhelming your basil pesto's flavor.
Copycat Pesto Cavatappi
Copycat alert! Purchased pesto can help you make this pesto pasta recipe, or you can make fresh basil pesto from scratch. This recipe is a copycat of a famous pasta recipe from a fast-casual restaurant, and you can hardly taste the difference between the two. Mushrooms, a tomato, and a splash of white wine all help punch up this yummy pasta dinner.
Turkey Tenderloins with Cilantro Pesto
Blend your own cilantro pesto recipe for this low-calorie grilled turkey dinner. Brush it on turkey breast tenderloins during the quick 12 minutes of grilling time, then serve more alongside for dipping. While you're at the grill, cook up some grilled veggies to serve with the turkey dinner for even more freshness.
Add this pesto pizza recipe to the menu tonight instead of delivery. Purchased flatbread dough and dried tomato pesto speed along the process of making homemade pizza, and prosciutto, provolone cheese, and arugula make tasty offbeat toppings. Your pesto takes the place of pizza sauce, so don't be shy about spreading it on the crust.
Pesto Chicken with Zucchini
Pesto is the rub for bone-in chicken breasts in this healthy dinner that also features pesto-tossed zucchini and yellow summer squash. Six ingredients is all it takes to whip up this chicken pesto recipe that slow-roasts for ultimate juiciness. A quick broil finishes the veggies so your side dish is included!
Baby Greens-Pecorino Pesto
Mix and match the greens, nuts, and cheese in this fully customizable pesto recipe. Then pop the fresh recipe into an ice cube tray for individually portioned servings whenever you need a sauce for pasta, chicken, or veggies. You can make a pesto recipe without pine nuts, without cheese, or even without basil!
Pea and Mint Pesto
Open-Face Pesto-Chicken Burgers
Creamy Vegetable and Tortellini Soup with Pesto
Dinner doesn’t get much faster than this! In under 30 minutes you’ll be slurping this six-ingredient soup recipe that gets huge flavor from a generous amount of purchased basil pesto. Or if you’ve already whipped up a homemade basil pesto, use it here.
Almond-Pesto Fish with Kale and Mushroom Grain Bowls
This healthy fish recipe takes about an hour to make, but it includes protein, grain, vegetables, and some of your dairy needs so there’s no need for any side dishes. That makes this a relatively fast and definitely fresh recipe for a weeknight. You can easily swap in one of your homemade recipes for the purchased basil pesto that is called for.
Dried Tomato Pesto
Whittle out just 20 minutes of kitchen time and you can make this tomatoey take on a pesto recipe. We keep it fresh with Italian parsley and lemon juice so you can add big flavor to eggs, meat, pasta, or whatever is on the menu this week. If you need a break from basil, this dried tomato pesto recipe is a happy replacement.