20 ways with pesto
Spread it, smear it, drizzle it, pour it or use it as a dip, pesto is so much more than a pasta sauce and there are so many ways to make the most of it. There are also so many varieties – like classic basil, rocket, watercress, wild garlic, sun-dried tomato or avocado – to choose from.
Whether you prefer the bought-stuff or homemade, use your favourite pesto in one of these delicious recipe ideas…
For inspiration, here are 20 ways to use pesto in your cooking.
Macaroni cheese with spinach and pesto prangrattato
Pesto pasta gets a sexy macaroni cheese makeover…
Sure, garlic bread is great but this cheesy pesto bread is better.
Soft roasted aubergine topped with melted halloumi, pine nuts and pesto and served alongside a glass of red.
Courgetti with avocado pesto
Get your greens fix with this lower-carb take on classic pesto pasta.
Spread pesto on top of fish before baking or grilling it for an instant flavour boost. Serve with garlicky potatoes for a posh spin on fish and chips.
Meet our take on the TikTok pesto eggs trend. Egg-in-the-hole sourdough toast with crispy bacon, avo and a generous drizzle of pesto.
Swirl pesto through vegetable soups just before serving to take your soup game up a level.
Top this ridiculously easy dinner of crispy chicken thighs, potatoes, courgettes and vine tomatoes with dollops of fresh pesto before serving.
Halve a squash then fill it with a mix of wild rice, mushrooms and kale pesto for a meat-free dinner that is peak autumn.
Pesto meets pulses for a budget vegan dinner that doesn’t skimp on flavour.
A smear of pesto, oozy mozzarella and Parma ham = the ultimate cheese toastie.
Add splodges of pesto to a homemade pizza for a colour and flavour boost.
Serve a minty pesto alongside roast lamb for a modern twist on mint sauce. It’s delicious with the leftovers, too.
Folding pesto through mayo to serve with potatoes or chips is a Very Good Thing. Homemade wild garlic pesto is a particularly delicious twist on aioli, but any pesto will work.
Finishing off a creamy risotto with a swirl of pesto is a good trick to make the dish look fancy-restaurant-worthy.
Spread a thin layer of pesto over the base of savoury tarts, like this filo and artichoke number, for a delicious alternative to tomato-based pastries.
Pesto pasta doesn’t need to be basic. Stir homemade almond pesto through tagliatelle and top with King prawns for a dinner to impress.
Use pesto as the base of an easy dip, then serve with toasted pittas and crunchy raw vegetables for an effortless starter or light lunch.
Top golden focaccia with ripe tomatoes and blobs of fresh pesto and enjoy with a crisp white wine. Close your eyes and pretend you’re in Italy.
Jazz up a midweek one-pot with a dash of pesto, like this easy baked salmon fillets and gnocchi combo. It’s full of protein and sure to satisfy.
Just can’t get enough? Find more pesto recipes here.
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