50 Ultimate Pesto Recipes

In this round up, you’ll find the perfect pesto recipe for homemade pesto sauce, and recipes like pesto chicken, pesto pasta, pesto zoodles, pesto pizza, and pesto meatballs! 

If you’re looking for the perfect pesto recipe (or recipes), you’re in the right place!  This round up includes 50 pesto recipes from myself and some very talented bloggers.

Fifty recipes may not be enough if you love pesto as much as I do. 🙂

50 Ultimate Pesto Recipes

What is pesto?

Pesto is a classic, uncooked sauce that originated in Genoa, Italy.  It’s got a bright, fresh-tasting flavor that’s used as a sauce for pasta, chicken, fish, pizza and sandwiches.

What’s in pesto sauce?

Classic pesto sauce includes the following ingredients:

  • fresh basil
  • garlic
  • olive oil
  • parmesan cheese
  • pine nuts

The glory of pesto sauce is that it’s extremely versatile — you can make it with whatever you have on hand.  That includes any type of greens, herbs and vegetables such as asparagus, broccoli and even sun dried tomatoes.

The options are endless, and this round up is full of different pesto recipes for you to try!

close up of basil pesto sauce in jar

How to make pesto sauce

Pesto sauce may be made using a mortar and pestle.  In fact, the Italian meaning for the word pesto is “pounded”. 

I prepared pesto using the mortar and pestle method in cooking school on the first day for our soup au pistou, which is basically Provence’s version of minestrone soup topped with pesto.  

See this post how to make pesto with a mortar and pestle if you’re interested in trying it.

Mortar and pestle pesto sauce is amazing, but I prefer to prepare my pesto in a food processor because it’s so much easier.

To prepare pesto in your food processor, simply add everything but the oil into your food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. 

Scrape down the sides of the bowl, then add the oil through the feed tube with the processor on until it reaches the desired consistency. 

Adjust the seasoning and it’s ready to go!

See my post How to Make Pesto Sauce for more details and variations!

pesto sauce in food processor - before and after

What is pesto used for?

Pesto is so versatile and can be used as a sauce, marinade or condiment for:

  • chicken
  • fish
  • meatballs
  • pasta
  • grain bowls
  • roasted vegetables
  • sandwiches and wraps
  • pasta salad
  • potato salad
  • chicken salad
  • caprese salad
  • crostini
  • cheese boards
  • stuffed mushrooms

There’s no wrong answer when it comes to pesto sauce, which is why it’s a staple in my kitchen. 

My meal prep routine includes making a batch of pesto and storing it in the fridge or freezer so that I can quickly throw a delicious, healthy meal together in no time.

I hope these homemade pesto recipes inspire you to make pesto a staple in your kitchen too!

50 Ultimate Pesto Recipes

In this round up, you’ll find the perfect pesto recipe for homemade pesto sauce, and recipes like pesto chicken, pesto pasta, pesto zoodles, pesto pizza, and pesto meatballs! 

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