Enjoy 26 unique recipes for a classic Italian sauce to use on pasta, salads, sandwiches and more.
Basil PestoPesto tastes great stirred into hot cooked pasta, rice, or grits for a tasty side dish to your meal. Learn how to make the classic recipe.
Roasted Red Pepper PestoWait a sec... pesto should be green, right? Not this basil bowl! Roasted red pepper gives this pesto an earthy umami flavor. Pair it with grainy, toasted pine nuts and Parmesan, for a nutty finish.
Spinach-and-Three-Herb PestoThis versatile herbed pesto is great on grilled bread and hard-cooked eggs. Or toss a spoonful with your favorite pasta for a savory punch.
Green Pea Pesto Crostini with ProsciuttoAll you need are green peas, basil leaves and olive oil for this variation on the classic sauce. Spread on crostini for a tasty afternoon snack requiring next to no prep time.
Collard-and-Olive PestoGarlic, olives and collards are the key ingredients here. You can make this pesto and freeze portions in an ice cube tray. Pop out the "cubes," and keep frozen in a zip-top plastic bag for up to one month.
Fettuccine with Squash & Pistachio PestoThe pesto sauce in this easy-to-follow dish is made with pistachios, garlic, parsley and lemon zest. You can sub in almonds or walnuts for the pistachios.
Salmon with Red Pepper PestoThis pesto gets its color from red peppers and tomato paste. If you don't like the bite of raw garlic, drop the clove in boiling water for 1 minute to blanch, then proceed with the recipe.
Broccoli and Pecorino Pesto PastaThis nut-free pesto trades traditional pine nuts and Parmesan for broccoli and nutty-tasting pecorino Romano. Anchovy fillets add meatiness, but you can skip them if you like.
Pan-roasted Halibut with Kale Pesto and Cherry TomatoesGarlic, pine nuts and kale are stars in this pesto sauce. Spoon on top of your favorite grilled fish and create an impressive meal worthy of a 5-star seafood restaurant.
Smoky Almond-Parsley PestoA base of smoked almonds helps to create a rich, earthy pesto.
Chicken Drumsticks with Cilantro PestoThis savory cilantro pesto tastes great as a dipping sauce for chicken.
Turnip Green PestoYoung children will enjoy this recipe as much as the adults and won't even realize they're eating their greens!
Spaghetti with Sun-Dried-Tomato-Almond PestoWe love pesto mixed into pasta, and this Sun-Dried-Tomato-Almond Pesto makes the perfect spaghetti sauce.
Pecan PestoPecan Pesto is nutty, earthy and, best of all, super simple to make.
Mint and Pea Pesto on Toasted BaguetteMint leaves create a burst of fresh, cool flavor in this pesto sauce. Serve on a toasted baguette or mixed in with your favorite pasta.
Cilantro PestoPecans, cumin and cilantro create a crowd-pleasing pesto. We suggest spreading it over grilled corn, or toss with chopped grilled veggies for extra flavor.
Parsley-Pepita PestoFor this recipe, we toast pumpkin seeds, or pepitas, and then blend them in a food processor along with parsley, lemon, oil, Parmesan and a pinch of red pepper for kick.
Sorrel and Almond Pesto PastaWith its tart, almost kiwi-like flavor and bright color, sorrel lends itself perfectly to pesto. Toss it with room-temperature fettuccine for a fresh take on pasta salad.
Herb PestoAll you need is 10 minutes to create a brilliant herbed pesto. Stir a spoonful or two into lightly beaten eggs to make a seasoned omelet or scrambled eggs.
Arugula PestoThis homemade Arugula Pesto will keep up to one week in the fridge. Stir into your favorite pasta or atop pizza to jazz up any Italian meal.
Olive Pesto Smashed PotatoesBriny kalamata olives give this pesto a consistency reminiscent of tapenade.
Velvety Carrot Soup with Carrot Top PestoGet the most out of great fresh carrots by making pesto out of their tops.
Macadamia PestoThis nutty Macadamia Pesto can be covered with plastic wrap and kept chilled in the refrigerator for up to 10 days. Be sure to press plastic wrap directly on top of pesto to keep the green color. It can also be frozen for up to two months.
Cold Soba and Feta Salad with Edamame PestoThe addition of soybeans to the classic pesto recipe makes a fresh and tasty sauce. Toss into this Cold Soba and Feta Salad for a delicious, healthy lunch.
Sun-Dried Tomato PestoWe suggest using this zesty tomato mixture as a tasty substitute for pizza sauce.
Asparagus PestoToss Asparagus Pesto with cooked pasta, or spread on crostini and top with chopped tomatoes and bacon.