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! 


How to Make Pesto Sauce (with any greens!)

How to Make Pesto Sauce is a handy guide that will teach you how to make homemade pesto sauce with almost any ingredients that you have on hand!

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Caprese Pesto Potato Salad

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Fresh and fun, this caprese pesto potato salad is perfect for summer BBQs and picnics! Filled with yukon potatoes, kale pesto and no mayo in sight!

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Crispy Chicken, Bacon and Pesto Gnocchi Skillet - Gluten-Free Recipe

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Crispy Chicken, Bacon and Pesto Gnocchi Skillet is a 20 minute gluten-free dinner recipe that’s simple and satisfying. Made with just 5 ingredients and in 1 skillet!

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Grilled Pesto Pizza with Avocado | Stonefire Grill Copycat

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This Grilled Pesto Pizza with Avocado includes delicious homemade pesto sauce, two kinds of cheese, and creamy avocados!

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Basil Pesto Sauce

Basil Pesto Sauce is an easy basil pesto recipe that's made with only 6 ingredients.  It's so fresh and delicious that you'll never buy it again!

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Tomato Corn Potato Sausage Pesto Frittata Recipe

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Tomato Corn Potato Sausage Pesto Frittata is perfect for a hearty breakfast or brunch. Serve with a fresh fruit salad.

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Gluten Free Whole30 Paleo Turkey Meatballs with Basil Pesto

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These healthy turkey meatballs are simmered in coconut milk basil pesto cream sauce for an easy, weeknight meal that will please even picky eaters!

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Buttery Shrimp over Pesto Pasta

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Buttery shrimp is tossed with pesto sauce, pasta and cherry tomatoes for a quick and easy meal!

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Vibrant Supergreen Pesto

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Supergreen Vegan Pesto- made with a host of nutritious superfoods, this pesto is the perfect way to sneak in a full serving of greens along with healthy fats and protein.

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Instant Pot Pasta With Pesto And Mozzarella + Tutorial

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Instant Pot Pasta with Pesto and Mozzarella is a creamy pasta infused with the delicious flavors of pesto and topped with shredded mozzarella cheese. If you have been wondering if you can make pasta in the Instant Pot, this recipe will show you how.

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Pesto Quinoa Salad with Asparagus, Avocado, and Kale

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Light, flavorful pesto quinoa salad with avocado, walnuts, feta cheese, asparagus, and kale. This nutrient-packed dish is perfect for packing up and taking for lunches or to barbecues and picnics.

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Kale Pesto Zucchini Noodles and Salmon

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This simple and healthy Kale Pesto Zucchini Noodles and Salmon dinner is ready in just 30 minutes! It’s a delicious healthy dinner for summer!

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Carrot Top Pesto

Carrot Top Pesto is a fresh, flavorful homemade pesto sauce made with 4 ingredients!  It's vegan, dairy free, and naturally gluten-free.

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Lentil Meatballs with Lemony Pesto

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Lentil meatballs are served over pesto pasta for a hearty vegetarian meal!

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Crispy Salmon Bowls with Pesto Spaghetti Squash

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Salmon bowls with spaghetti squash tossed in pesto sauce with sauteed vegetables. These bowls can be prepared year-round with seasonal produce and are paleo, keto, low-carb, and whole30. 

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Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Recipe

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Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto just a few ingredients to make one of the best Pesto Recipes you will ever taste. Perfect tossed with your favorite pasta or made into Puff Pastry Twists. So good and so easy.

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Pesto Tabbouleh Summer Salad - Cook Nourish Bliss

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Fresh & light pesto tabbouleh summer salad! This flavorful dish is filled with a parsley pesto, juicy cherry tomatoes and cool crisp cucumber!

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Arugula Pesto Pasta Bowl with Broccoli (Gluten Free + Vegan) • Bakerita

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This Arugula Pesto Pasta Bowl with Broccoli is one of my favorite quick and easy go-to meals! It’s filling, nutritious, and simple to make in just 30 minutes. You’re going to want to put the homemade dairy-free arugula pesto on everything!

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Pesto Chicken Sub Sandwich

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Pesto Chicken Sub Sandwich is an easy and delicious lunch recipe made with roasted pesto chicken breasts, lemon mayonnaise and plenty of fresh veggies for a healthy meal you can make for a crowd or prep for a light on-the-go meal!

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Spinach Walnut Pesto

Spinach Walnut Pesto is an easy spinach pesto recipe that comes together in minutes with only 5 ingredients. You’ll never buy store bought pesto again!

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Sheet Pan Pesto Chicken and Vegetables

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All you need is one pan and 15 minutes to get this Sheet Pan Pesto Chicken with potatoes and carrots into your oven. 

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Easy Tortellini Pesto Salad

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This Easy Tortellini Pesto Salad will quickly become a family favorite side dish! Perfect for BBQ or potluck.

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Easy Asparagus Pesto Recipe

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This fast and easy Fresh Asparagus Pesto Recipe is perfect on pasta or spread on sandwiches or how about dipping with some Italian Crusty Bread? Since now is Asparagus Season don’t miss out on making some Pesto!

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Pesto Chicken Bake with Cauliflower (Low Carb, Gluten-free)

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This cheesy pesto chicken bake recipe with cauliflower requires only 6 ingredients & 10 minutes prep. An easy, healthy, low carb & gluten-free dinner!

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Low-Carb Baked Chicken Stuffed with Pesto and Cheese (Video)

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Low-Carb Baked Chicken Stuffed with Pesto and Cheese is a perfect dish when you need a low-carb meal that feels like a treat or have dinner guests you’d like to impress! Use Chicken Recipes to find more recipes like this one.

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7 ingredient Coconut Vegan Pesto {Gluten Free}

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7 Ingredient Vegan Coconut Pesto (Gluten-free)

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Zucchini Pesto

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This fresh zucchini pesto is a great way to use up the end of summer garden surplus without having to bake it into every muffin, bread and cookie you can think of.

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Italian Pesto Pasta Salad is an easy pasta salad!

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Italian Pesto Pasta Salad Recipe is an easy pasta salad that’s full of flavor! This cold pesto pasta salad is perfect for any night of the week or take it to your next summer BBQ.

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Quick and Easy Nut Free Pesto Sauce

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Nut-free pesto is a recipe you are going to want to save so you can use over and over again. It will go well with many of your other dishes, and it tastes phenomenal. I even give you tips on how to make it dairy-free too! This is wonderful for dinner parties or just a night at home.

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Grilled Lemon Pesto Chicken Kebabs

Grilled Lemon Pesto Chicken Kebabs are chunks of lemony, pesto chicken skewered with tomatoes and zucchini.  It’s a summer meal that’s ready in minutes!

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Easy Vegan and Paleo Pesto Salad

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Easy vegan and paleo pesto salad is a healthy and refreshing take on a traditional pesto salad recipe. It’s made up of spiralized zucchini noodles, blistered cherry tomatoes and topped off with a fabulous basil and pine nut vegan pesto recipe.

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Roasted Fingerling Potatoes with Chive Pesto

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Roasted Fingerling Potatoes with Chive Pesto is so good!  Fingerling potatoes are roasted until nice and crispy, then they are given a quick toss in chive pesto.  The recipe makes plenty of chive pesto, you’ll find so many ways to use it! 

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Cheesy Pesto Vegetarian Spaghetti Squash Boats

Pesto Vegetarian Spaghetti Squash Boats is pesto spaghetti squash tossed with mushrooms, white beans, and plenty of cheese.  It's a hearty vegetarian dinner!

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Spinach Basil Pesto (Paleo, Vegan & Whole30) • Bakerita

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Spinach Basil Pesto is loaded with bright herby flavor and made in just a few minutes. You won’t miss the cheese in this paleo, vegan + Whole30-friendly pesto. It will make any meal more flavorful, whether it’s tossed with pasta, enjoyed with your favorite protein, or used as a spread.

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Pesto Zoodles with Tomatoes and Mozzarella

Pesto Zoodles with Tomatoes and Mozzarella are zucchini noodles tossed in homemade pesto sauce for a healthy, delicious, gluten free meal!

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Pesto Gnocchi with Sausage, Asparagus, and Mushrooms

Pesto Gnocchi with Sausage, Asparagus, and Mushrooms is an easy meal packed with flavor and it’s on the table in 30 minutes!

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Paleo Pesto Chicken Salad (Dairy Free, Whole30)

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Paleo pesto chicken salad is topped off with a quick, dairy free arugula pesto dressing. This is an easy and delicious paleo and Whole30 breakfast, lunch or dinner salad. I cannot wait you for to try this deliciousness!

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Grilled Veggie Flatbread Pizza with Pesto

Grilled Veggie Flatbread Pizza with Pesto is pesto pizza topped with fresh mozzarella, and plenty of veggies.   It’s an easy, delicious healthy pizza option!

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Green Bean Potato Salad with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

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This easy gluten-free Green Bean Potato Salad with Sun-Dried Tomato Pestomakes an outstanding side dish to take to a summer picnic or potluck because it has no mayo and only 5 ingredients.

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Sweet Potato Polenta Crostini with Ricotta, Kale Pesto, and Bacon

Sweet Potato Polenta Crostini with Ricotta, Kale Pesto, and Bacon is crispy sweet potato polenta rounds topped with ricotta, fresh kale pesto, and crumbled bacon.  It’s a lively, flavorful appetizer and it’s gluten free!

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Baked Pesto Chicken

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You’re just 4 simple ingredients away from the most flavorful chicken dinner the whole family will love:  Baked Pesto Chicken.

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Caprese Bites With Pesto

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If you are looking for a healthier appetizer, serve these easy Caprese Bites with Pesto at your next gathering.  You will love the juicy tomatoes, tangy mozzarella with fresh basil pesto on a crostini type bread! 

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Broccoli Pesto

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Broccoli pesto

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Shrimp Pesto Pizza

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Shrimp pesto pizza is pizza crust topped with pesto sauce, shrimp, sun dried tomatoes and cheese!

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Pesto Pasta Salad

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Pesto Pasta Salad is a fresh and delicious side dish perfect for any occasion. You only need to combine pesto sauce with pasta, cheese, and some veggies, to make this recipe!

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Pesto Tortilla Pinwheels Recipe

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This Pesto Tortilla Pinwheels recipe is an easy party food that can be put together in no time! Perfect for any fun event – including holiday parties, baby showers, and more!

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Pesto Chicken Salad Sandwiches

Pesto Chicken Salad Sandwiches are slices of fluffy, whole wheat potato bread filled with a creamy no mayo pesto chicken salad and plenty of veggies!

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Toasted Pistachio Arugula Pesto with Brown Rice Fusili Pasta

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Toasted pistachio arugula pesto with brown rice fusilli pasta.

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salmon niçoise

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Salmon Nicoise with hard boiled eggs, green beans, olives, potatoes and radishes. The salmon is baked smothered in pesto, then set on top of each salad.

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My Very Favorite Vegan Pesto Recipe

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Vegan pesto sauce.

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