There’s nothing like homemade pesto sauce — it’s so delicious and it may be used a number of ways. You’ll find the perfect pesto recipe in this collection, including homemade sauce, pasta, zoodles, pizza and so much more! 

Pesto recipes collage

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. 🙂

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
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 even vegetables such as asparagus, broccoli and sun dried tomatoes. The options are endless, and this round up is full of different pesto recipes for you to try!

How do you make pesto?

Pesto sauce may be made using a mortar and pestle.  In fact, the Italian meaning for the word pesto is “pounded”.  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. See my post How to Make Pesto Sauce for more details and variations!

What is pesto used for?

Pesto is so versatile and can be used as a sauce, marinade or condiment for the following:
grain bowls
roasted vegetables
sandwiches and wraps
pasta salad
potato salad
chicken salad
caprese salad
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. 

close up of basil pesto sauce in jar

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 you find a pesto recipe — or a few recipes — in the collection below!

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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