Our close friends, Dana and Dave, gave us a grocery bag FULL of fresh Basil a few weeks ago. The good news is that fresh basil can easily be frozen and used for sauces, soups, casseroles, with vegetables and meats later down the road. The only thing I know how to do with basil is to make pesto sauce for use in pasta.
I’ve never really used pesto sauce in anything but pasta. To be honest, my first time using pesto sauce was this year. I purchased Wildtree Organic Basil Pesto Sauce from a friend who is an Independent Sales Rep for Wildtree. I’ve never actually made it myself, but Dana makes a fabulous pesto. Thanks to Dana and Dave, we’ll be a pesto making machine.
Thanks to the help of some fellow bloggers, I was able to round-up 27 scrumptious recipes using basil pesto sauce. There are a ton of ways to use pesto sauce with vegetables, cheese, chicken or turkey, pasta and more.
To top it off, basil is known for its wide variety of health benefits such as cardiovascular, antioxidant/cancer prevention, skin and hair health, bone and tissue health, digestive health, antibacterial and immune health. Not only can basil be used in the yummy recipes I’ve rounded up for you, but it can also be used in hair and skin care products, can be found in essential oil form for antibacterial use and basil can also be used topically!
Appetizers with Pesto Sauce
Asparagus Tomato Parmesan Squares | A small dose of asparagus with pesto, cherry tomatoes and grated parmesan on a puff pastry.
Parmesan Pesto Whipped Feta Dip | Enhance the flavor of Whipped Feta with Pesto. This is a great alternative for ranch dip for your veggies at work.
Olive and Feta Bruschetta | A spin on traditional bruschetta. I would spread the toast with more pesto sauce before serving.
Pastry Wrapped Brie with Pesto and Sun Dried Tomatoes | A great brie based recipe that will go a long way, especially as a holiday appetizer.
Pesto and Goat Cheese Tartlets | Pesto, cherry tomatoes and goat cheese served on a puff pastry.
Salami & Green Bean Bundles | The base of this recipe serves as a side dish, but after you prepare your green beans with Garlic Scape pesto, simply wrap them in salami (or prosciutto) and you’ve got an appetizer!
Baked Ravioli with Pesto | A welcome alternative to traditional marinara sauce.
Main Dishes with Pesto Sauce
Pesto Zucchini Spaghetti | A low-carb, healthy alternative to pasta noodles.
Zoodles with Avocado Pesto In a Jar | Grated zucchini, a pasta-alternative, cherry tomatoes and homemade Avocado Pesto. Don’t worry! The recipe for the avocado pesto is on the blog, too! AND, it’s all in a jar!
Easy Baked Pesto Chicken Recipe | This low-carb and gluten-free baked pesto chicken recipe is South Beach Diet friendly, plus it’s only 5 easy ingredients.
Ultra Easy Pesto Lemon Chicken Kabobs | Another 5 ingredient easy meal. It’s great for grilling!
Pasta with Spinach Basil Pesto | A simple pasta with spinach basil pesto sauce that can be whipped up in 15 minutes!
Rotini with Creamy Three Herb Pesto and Chicken | Add protein to your pasta with this easy recipe with pesto and chicken. It looks like sausage or kielbasa in the picture, so you could try substituting different proteins.
Baked Chicken Recipe Stuffed with Pesto and Cheese | Stuffed chicken seems intimidating to make, but this recipe makes it seem easy, plus the ingredients are common.
Pesto and Mozzarella Stuffed Chicken | Another recipe that makes stuffed chicken look easy. Not only is it stuffed, but it’s also breaded!
Check out other ways to use basil pesto sauce from pizza dough to Stromboli, soups and salads, sandwiches and side dishes.
Pizza Recipes with Pesto
Soup and Salad Recipes with Pesto
Cheesy Cauliflower Soup with Asparagus Pesto | This soup looks to die for! It’s filled with veggie goodness.
Easy Pesto Chicken Salad | Uses dairy-free pesto with recipe included.
Pesto Chicken Salad | Make your pesto from scratch and whip into an easy chicken salad recipe.
Sandwich Recipes with Pesto
Roasted Portobello Mushroom Sandwich |A portabello mushroom served on Foccacia bread with pesto sauce.
Chicken Pesto Panini | Set and forget the chicken, then come back and press into paninis!
Grilled Veggie Sandwich with Cilantro Pecan Pesto | Grilled bell peppers, zucchini and tomatoes on Foccacia bread with pesto spread.
Side Dishes with Pesto
Pesto Lemon Rice | A great way to use up leftover basil pesto sauce.
Grilled Green Beans with Garlic Scape Pesto and Parmesan | A fresh take on green beans and another great way to use up leftover pesto.
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed the recipes and found a few ways to use pesto outside of your everyday pasta dish! Which one will you try first?