When we think of pesto recipes, we think basil. But any leafy fresh herb, and even spinach, kale or peas, can give the traditional fresh sauce a personality makeover. Here are 13 recipes that showcase classic pesto and some that give it new meaning.
Irish Cheddar Potatoes with Lamb and Parsley Pesto from Cooking Chat – Savory mashed potatoes with Cheddar cheese is topped with lamb and a simple parsley pesto.
Baked Chicken Thighs with Lemon-Cilantro Artichoke Pesto from Sunday Supper – The bright flavors in this pesto are baked on top of chicken thighs, creating a tangy crust garnished with shredded Parmesan cheese.
Spinach Artichoke and Pesto Naan with Feta from Casa de Crews – A pesto made of spinach and topped with artichokes and feta gives a Mediterranean accent to flatbread.
Spinach Pesto Pasta from Alida’s Kitchen – Spinach Pesto Pasta is an easy vegetable and cheese pesto pasta recipe made lighter using Greek yogurt.
Pasta with Spicy Sausage and Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto from Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen – Pesto can be made and frozen in ice cube trays making dishes like this easy to pull off on a weeknight.
Roasted Zucchini Pizza with Classic Homemade Pesto from Curious Cuisiniere – Classic Italian flavors come together in this pizza that’s simple to make, especially if you’ve got a garden full of veggies.
Roasted Red Pepper Pesto Pasta from One Sweet Mess – This dish is loaded with sweet red peppers, fresh herbs and a generous amount of grated Parmesan cheese, all of it tossed with linguine.
Pea Pesto Crostini from Ruffles and Truffles – Peas stand in for basil in this pesto that tops crunchy crostini. Top it with shredded Parmesan for a sophisticated appetizer.
Tortellini Pesto Salad from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch – Any potluck party would be made better with this salad that can be served cold or at room temperature. Sun-dried tomatoes and feta give it extra pop.
Parsley Pesto Potato Salad from Alida’s Kitchen – Chunks of potato are bathed in a parsley pesto spiked with garlic and Parmesan cheese.
Veggie Salad Trio with Zucchini Noodles and Pesto by Hip Foodie Mom – Get out your Spiralizer to make noodles from summer squash for this salad that fuses flavors of the Mediterranean.