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Our favorite pesto recipes - 26 recipes

Make homemade pesto! We have several variations of Pesto, a delicious sauces you can put on anything!

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1. In the bowl of food processor, add basil, garlic, pine nuts lentils, and lemon juice

  • For the Pesto:
  • 1 cup packed fresh basil leaves (reserve a few leaves for garnish)
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup cooked or canned green lentils, drained and rinsed
  • 3 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and ground black pepper, to taste
  • For the Pasta:
  • 3 1/2 cups dry farfalle (bowtie) or other pasta
  • 2 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup cooked or canned green lentils, rinsed and drained
  • Salt and ground black pepper, to taste
  • Extra Virgin Olive oil, for garnish
  • Parmesan cheese, for garnish
4.4/5 (105 Votes)

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Found in Taste of Home, served with Robust Italian Salad from same cookbook

  • 8 oz. linguine
  • 3 garlic herb chicken breasts, cut into strips or chicken breasts seasoned with italian herbs
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 c. frozen corn, thawed
  • 1 (3 1/2 oz.) jar prepared pesto
  • 1/4 c. seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/4 t. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 t. pepper
  • salt to taste
4.4/5 (54 Votes)

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Put the basil and 3-4 cloves of garlic into the food processor and process with steel blade until basil and garlic ...

  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves (packed into measuring cup
  • measuring cup)
  • 3-4 cloves fresh garlic, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil (choose a a flavorful olive oil for pesto)
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • 3/4 cup coarsely grated coarsely grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • sea salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
4.9/5 (16 Votes)

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Impress your family and guests with this easy to make 4 ingredient main dish

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 cups balsamic vinegar
  • 1 large ball fresh buffalo mozzarella, cut into four thick slices
  • Pesto (homemade or store-bought)
4.6/5 (18 Votes)

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Pesto Sauce Rinse basil thoroughly to rid it of any dirt

  • Pesto Sauce
  • 2 cups basil leaves, picked from their stems and loosely packed
  • 1/3 cup fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/4 extra virgin olive oil or more
  • Pepper
  • Meatballs
  • 1 lb. ground chicken
  • 1/3 cup pesto sauce, homemade (recipe below) or store-bought
  • 1 small-medium onion, cut in fine dice
  • 1/2 cup-3/4 cup fresh breadcrumbs (I take bread and shred it in the food processor or you can use panko)
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Splash of milk
4.6/5 (13 Votes)

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1. Preheat oven to 400F. 2

  • 2 (6-inch) flatbreads (or one 12-inch)
  • 1 clove roasted garlic
  • 2 heaping tbsps. pesto
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded chicken
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 2 heaping tbsps. shredded parmesan
4.6/5 (14 Votes)

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Pesto chicken burgers are easy to make for a quick dinner

  • 1 pound uncooked ground chicken or ground turkey
  • 4 tablespoons purchased basil pesto
  • 1/4 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt or salt
  • 2 3-inch pieces ciabatta bread or four 3/4-inch-thick slices rustic Italian bread
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 slices fresh mozzarella cheese
  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves, arugula, or spring garden mix
  • 8 small tomato slices
  • Ground black pepper
4.5/5 (17 Votes)

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1. Pesto Meatballs Mix 1 pound ground turkey with 1/2 cup each breadcrumbs and pesto, and 1/4 cup each milk and gra...

  • How to make pesto:
  • Blend 8 cups packed basil leaves, 1 cup olive oil, 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts, 2 to 4 garlic cloves and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a food processor until almost smooth. Stir in 1/2 cup grated Parmesan.
3.8/5 (13 Votes)

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Cream cheese and pesto stuffed chicken breast

  • 4 Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 8 oz package of cream cheese (whipped or regular)
  • 1 8 oz package of pesto
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
4.4/5 (16 Votes)

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This Caprese-inspired pasta toss is the ultimate summer main for a busy weeknight, outdoor picnic, or lunch on the ...

  • PESTO SAUCE:
  • 16 ounce uncooked penne pasta
  • 1 cup pesto sauce (recipe follows)
  • 1 cup boconccini (small fresh mozzarella balls marinated in olive oil)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup fresh baby spinach
  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • 2 tablespoons Parmigiano-Reggiano, grated
  • 3 gloves garlic, peeled
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
4.3/5 (19 Votes)

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