We all know pesto as a delicious basil-flavored sauce, most commonly paired with pasta. Within these 12 recipes, you will find innovative takes on this classic pairing, as well as novel ways to incorporate pesto outside of a pasta dish. For too long pesto has been confined to a pasta sauce! Let these recipes invite you to experiment with the versatility of pesto.
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1. Smashed Avocado, Chickpea and Pesto
2. Roasted Carrots and New Potatoes With Arugula Pesto
Although small in size, new potatoes pack more flavor than their fully-grown counterparts. They are sweeter, and their higher moisture content makes them smooth and creamy. So, they’re perfect in this simple side of carrots, potatoes, and arugula pesto. Serve these Roasted Carrots and New Potatoes With Arugula Pesto by Rachel Hanawalt alongside a main like tofu or cauliflower steak.
3. Pesto Feta Swirl Buns
Source: Pesto Feta Swirl Buns
Herby pesto swirl buns with vegan feta cheese! These Pesto Feta Swirl Buns by Anna Sue are kind of addictive. They seem to disappear before they touch the table. Imagine… a light and fluffy dough swirled with homemade pesto and melty feta cheese. So soft, springy, and ultra fluffy. And it’s super simple to make, but it’s a great base for the buns.
4. Zucchini Pasta with Sweet Corn Cilantro Pesto
This fresh Zucchini Pasta with Sweet Corn Cilantro Pesto by Nikki and Zuzana is light and fresh and the perfect way to take advantage of the season’s vegetables. It makes a quick and easy meal for a busy weeknight dinner as it’s ready and on the table in just 20 minutes!
5. Creamy Basil Pesto with Macadamia Nuts
This pesto comes together wonderfully when using macadamia nuts rather than pine nuts. This pesto works in so many ways on many dishes such as pasta and sandwiches! You’ll love this Creamy Basil Pesto with Macadamia Nuts by ThePlantbasedSchool!
6. Pizza Pesto Rosso
Source: Pizza Pesto Rosso
7. Kale Stem Pesto
Source: Kale Stem Pesto
How many kale recipes have you come across in which the directions tell you to reserve the stems for “another use” or even discard them altogether? Well, friends, this is your other use. Those rigid stems and ribs we often remove are the star of the show here, and they’re every bit as fresh and earthy as their leafy counterparts. Used raw, they’re a great pairing for the tangy lemon in this Kale Stem Pesto by Linda Ly. You’re not solely limited to kale stems, either; try this with your other neglected stems, such as collards, cauliflower, or broccoli.
8. Easy Basil Pesto
Source: Easy Basil Pesto
9. Cilantro Pesto
Source: Cilantro Pesto
10. Ravioli With Kale Pesto And Sautéed Chard
When time’s tight and creativity’s running low, pasta always comes to the rescue. Making ravioli is something that’s going to serve you down the line. This delicious Ravioli With Kale Pesto And Sautéed Chard by Travis Piper is cheesy, packed with greens, and totally convincing that it’s made with cheese products.
11. Sausage Pesto Pasta Bake
Source: Sausage Pesto Pasta Bake
A hearty vegan pasta bake recipe for a satisfying dinner. This delicious Sausage Pesto Pasta Bake by Hayley Canning will have everybody coming back for more. Pasta is mixed with vegan sausage, tomato sauce, and onion, then topped with pesto and vegan cheese! Once it comes out of the oven, you won’t want to wait for your guests to arrive or dinner to start. This vegan pasta bake tastes as good as it smells. It’s really easy to make and so full of flavor! The perfect warming and cozy meal.
12. Spinach Pesto Pasta With Almond Parmesan
Packed with spinach, basil, toasted almonds, and garlic, get ready to bless your pasta with a whole heap of flavor! A convenient bonus is that this whole dish can be prepared in less than 20 minutes, perfect for a speedy evening meal. You have to try this Spinach Pesto Pasta With Almond Parmesan by Harriet Porterfield!
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