Pesto is a light, refreshing and flavorful addition to any dish, making it the perfect summer sauce. You can add it to pasta, potatoes, veggies, savory pies, and so much more. Let us show you how with these 15 pesto recipes from our Food Monster App!
1. Lemony Mint Pesto Potato Salad
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This scrumptious and refreshing Lemony Mint Pesto Potato Salad from Jackie Newgent is full of wonderful flavors. Lemon, mint, garlic, pistachio and more combine to create a combination that you won’t forget! You’ll want to make it again and again.
2. Oyster Mushroom Scallops With Nasturtium Pesto
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In this Oyster Mushroom Scallops With Nasturtium Pesto recipe from Rachel Carr, kombu is an interesting addition to pesto and give more of an oceany flavor to the mushroom “scallops.” Also served with this unusual sauce are nasturtium leaves and flowers. This common edible flower has a slightly spicy flavor that marries well with the creamy nuts and complex kombu!
3. Spinach Pesto Pasta With Almond Parmesan
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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’ll love this Spinach Pesto Pasta With Almond Parmesan from Harriet Porterfield!
4. Arugula Pesto and Zucchini on Rye Toast
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A delicious open-face sandwich layered with tangy lime/arugula pesto sauce, sliced avocado and sautéed zucchini on rye toast. This Arugula Pesto and Zucchini on Rye Toast from Marie Reginato is a healthy sandwich that sneaks in extra greens – perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
5. Grilled Pesto Tart With Assorted Tomatoes
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This pretty and awesome Grilled Pesto Tart With Assorted Tomatoes from VBQ: The Ultimate Vegan Barbecue Cookbook by Nadine Horn and Jörg Mayer is as pleasing to the eye as it is to your taste buds! Check it out!
6. Avocado Pesto Pasta
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7. Zucchini Noodles with Pumpkin Seed Pesto, Roasted Tomatoes and Tahini Chickpea Cakes
These Zucchini Noodles with Pumpkin Seed Pesto, Roasted Tomatoes and Tahini Chickpea Cakes from Rawsome Superfoods by Emily von Euw make an incredible meal! A good pesto is full of fresh basil, garlic, olive oil and nuttiness from pine nuts or whatever other fatty nut or seed you like. Zucchini noodles are a popular component to many raw dishes, but feel free to use whatever pasta you want. Zucchini noodles just make for a lighter, more hydrating meal.
8. Summer Pesto Pizza
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In this Summer Pesto Pizza from Myra Goodman, thin slices of zucchini stand in for mozzarella, while onions, kalamata olives, pine nuts, pesto, and fresh basil give this dish more than ample flavor and variety.
9. Tortellini With Peas and Pesto Cream Sauce
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This is the kind of hearty delicious pasta everyone loves, it’s perfect on its own or as a side and leftovers are wonderful. If you are a fan of pesto, you will be a super fan of this Tortellini With Peas and Pesto Cream Sauce from Elsa Brobbey. It’s not imperative that you use tortellini, feel free to experiment with other pastas!
10. Braided Pesto Bread
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This Braided Pesto Bread from Sirke Reivo has a crispy crust that is a bit chewy allowing the inside to be soft and tender filled with oh so amazing basil pesto! This bread is excellent with a salad or accompanying a tasty soup.
11. Rosemary Hasselback Potatoes with Parsley Pesto
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In this recipe you’ll discover how to make the crispiest and most flavorful rosemary hasselback potatoes with tangy parsley and pumpkin seed pesto. This Rosemary Hasselback Potatoes with Parsley Pesto recipe from Laine Rudolfa is a real win-win because it’s vegan, gluten-free, healthy and comforting at the same time. So let’s get those hasselback potatoes on the table!
12. Penne With Roasted Red Pepper Pesto
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This Penne With Roasted Red Pepper Pesto from Rachel Carr makes for a wonderful week-night dinner, when you want something that will please everyone. You can really load up on the veggies to make it extra healthy. Even the sauce is heavy on the veggies and packed with flavor. Quick and easy pasta dishes are all about the sauce! This one is made from fire roasted red bell peppers and creamy macadamias, but you can use cashews or even pecans or pine nuts.
13. Artichoke and Walnut Pesto Pie
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Pies are one of the best foods ever – they are quick to make, comfortable even for a meal outside the home and moreover they are an infallible way to make vegetables delicious for those who don’t usually like them! This Artichoke and Walnut Pesto Pie from Valentina Chiappa uses artichokes and wild garlic, creating an unusual and tasty mix.
14. Buckwheat Spinach Crepes With Mushrooms, Pesto and Tahini Dressing
Did you know that buckwheat is traditionally used for crepes in France? Buckwheat flour has an earthy taste, high amounts of nutrients and it’s naturally gluten-free. These Buckwheat Spinach Crepes With Mushrooms, Pesto and Tahini Dressing from Niki Webster are gorgeously green with spinach, but you can add in any herbs or leaves you want.
15. Whole Wheat Pasta With Pesto Cream Sauce
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This is the definition of an easy weeknight meal- just throw some pasta in the pot, reserve some cooking water, make a sauce, and stir in pesto. This quick and delicious Whole Wheat Pasta With Pesto Cream Sauce from Medha Swaminathan is light and flavorful. Top it off with fresh basil for a perfect meal!
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