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:
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!