Quick and Easy Pesto Recipes

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Ready to make your own pesto recipes? Or maybe you are looking for quick and healthy recipes starring purchased pesto? We have both! Try our basil pesto, sun-dried tomato pesto, or maybe an arugula pesto recipe. Then add it to one of these fast and fresh recipes. As a shortcut, use purchased pesto to make any of the dishes. Pesto sauce is a great addition to meat, veggies, breads, and pasta, as you’ll see firsthand when you make one of these.

Basil Pesto

Start from scratch for your pesto dinner. You're six ingredients away from homemade basil pesto that rivals anything from a jar. You can't beat the freshness.

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.

Italian Pesto Pasta Salad

Upgrade pesto from mere condiment to side-dish star in a pesto pasta dish. Cannellini beans and elbow macaroni play nice with pesto, while baby arugula packs some punch.

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 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.

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 recipe takes just 30 minutes.

Spinach-Oregano Pesto

This may look like your traditional pesto recipe, but check the ingredient list and you’ll see it’s got 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!

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.

Turkey Tenderloins with Cilantro Pesto

Blend your own pesto 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.

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 the 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.

Open-Face Pesto-Chicken Burgers

A ground chicken burger sets the tone for this twist on the standard burger. Italy inspired the ingredients: basil pesto, garlic, ciabatta bread, olive oil, mozzarella, and tomatoes.

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.

Asparagus and Poached Eggs with Lemony Pesto

Is it breakfast or dinner? No matter when you choose to make this asparagus recipe with a poached egg, we expect you’ll be licking the plate clean to get every bit of the bright citrusy pesto sauce.

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