Homemade pesto recipes

Once you’ve made pesto yourself, there’s no going back to the shop-bought stuff! Browse our homemade pesto recipes from basil to mint to watercress versions.

If you’re looking for a recipe to use your freshly-made pesto in, take a look at our 20 ways with pesto page.

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Sausage, courgette and watercress pesto pasta

Sausage pasta recipes

Sausage, courgette and watercress pesto pasta

Peppery summer watercress is a brilliant partner for silky, soft courgettes in this easy sausage pasta dish. The vibrant lemony...

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Green sauce

Homemade dressings and sauces

Green sauce

Make a generous batch of this aromatic herby green sauce, store it in the freezer and you’ll have the means...

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Wild garlic pesto lasagne

Wild garlic recipes

Wild garlic pesto lasagne

Make the most of seasonal wild garlic with this springtime pesto lasagne. As there’s no heavy ragù to make, it’s...

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Chicken, bean and orzo soup with walnut pesto

Easy dinner recipes and ideas

Chicken, bean and orzo soup with walnut pesto

This hearty chicken and bean soup from food writer Debora Robertson is packed with nuggets of filling orzo pasta. Finish...

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Charred purple sprouting broccoli with ‘nduja, kale pesto and crackling crumb

'Nduja recipes

Charred purple sprouting broccoli with ‘nduja, kale pesto and crackling crumb

This dish from The Free Company restaurant near Edinburgh makes a cracking starter or side dish. Charred broccoli is elevated...

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Best pesto pasta

30-minute meal recipes

Best pesto pasta

As far removed from any jarred pesto as you can get, this is the pesto pasta you wish you had...

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Trapanese pesto pasta with salmon

Summer pasta recipes

Trapanese pesto pasta with salmon

Basil and pine nut pesto, originally from Liguria, tends to hog the quick pasta sauce limelight, but Sicily’s trapanese pesto...

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Broccoli gnocchi

Gnocchi recipes

Broccoli gnocchi

Use both florets and stalks to make a rich broccoli pesto bolstered by super-savoury anchovies and basil. This speedy gnocchi...

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Red pepper pesto pasta

15-minute meal recipes

Red pepper pesto pasta

Our punchy homemade pesto with hazelnuts and red pepper tastes so much better than pesto from a jar. Toss with...

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Sprout pesto

Brussels sprouts recipes

Sprout pesto

Sprout pesto is a quick and easy way to add a Christmas hit of flavour to pasta dishes, soups or...

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Wild garlic and hazelnut pesto  

Homemade pesto recipes

Wild garlic and hazelnut pesto  

Gill Meller’s four-ingredient wild garlic and hazelnut pesto takes just 10 minutes to make and tastes great with soups, pasta...

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Squash ravioli with mushrooms and sage pesto

Italian pasta recipes

Squash ravioli with mushrooms and sage pesto

Homemade ravioli is such a special dish and will really impress anyone you serve it to. This autumnal recipe is...

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Roasted mushrooms with rocket pesto

Italian vegetarian recipes

Roasted mushrooms with rocket pesto

Try these flavoursome roasted mushrooms, with a punchy rocket pesto, as an easy starter or satisfying lunch.

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Watercress pesto

Homemade pesto recipes

Watercress pesto

We’ve used a mixture of watercress and basil in this pesto recipe for a lighter, fresher taste. Stir through pasta...

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Hazelnut and mint pesto

Homemade pesto recipes

Hazelnut and mint pesto

Dunk fresh prawns into this nutty pesto or stuff it under chicken skin before cooking. It’s also wonderful stirred through...

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Mint pesto

Homemade pesto recipes

Mint pesto

There’s no need for mint sauce with lamb – Simmone Logue’s mint pesto recipe brings a new take to Sunday...

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