Top Rated Pesto Recipes

Dab a bit of garlic pesto on each bread slice for a quick garlic bread.
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Basil Pesto
Here's a classic basil sauce that won't turn brown the minute you toss it with hot pasta! The trick: Blanching the basil before making the pesto. You may think that blanching the basil will take away some of its spunk, but be assured that it doesn't. Indeed, the technique won't take an ounce of flavor out of the aromatic leaves. This extra step only adds a few minutes to the preparation of your pesto, but it'll give you a bright green sauce that will make all your favorite pesto dishes look as good as they taste.
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Basil
This Italian basil and garlic sauce is one of the greatest delicacies of all time. It is most often used as a sauce for pasta, but my favorite way to savor it is to spread it on lightly toasted French bread and eat it as an appetizer. Traditionally it is pounded in a mortar, but this blender method works just as well and it is a lot quicker. Many contemporary recipes call for the addition of pine nuts, but I find them superfluous and indistinguishable in pesto. The addition of butter, however, is pure magic.
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pesto cookies
Inspired by the sauce from Genoa that may dress pasta or pizza, the cookie I’ve named Pesto is a savory, with walnuts and orange zest adding a twist on tradition. Fresh basil gives a bright finish to this shortbread-like cookie.
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Pesto is so versatile, you'll never run out of ways to enjoy it. Toss spoonfuls of this no-cook sauce with hot pasta or steamed vegetables, use it as a spread on sandwiches and wraps, or serve as a dip with raw vegetables or pita chips. You can easily adapt pesto to your budget by substituting sale-priced nuts, herbs/greens and cheese, or what you've got on hand or in the garden.
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Even non-vegans will love this tasty tofu recipe, which includes firm silken tofu, Kalamata olives, and garlic. Serve with walnut pesto, asparagus and purple potatoes. Recipe courtesy of Makini Howell of www.PlumBistro.com and  "Plum: Gratifying Vegan Dishes"
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Antipasto Caprese Skewers
This bite-sized appetizer is the perfect start to a classic Italian meal. They're great for entertaining or bringing to a potluck. The ingredients are simple, and they come together with ease. Whether you're hosting a dinner for two or 20, these tiny treats will satisfy all tastes.
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Kale Pesto
A healthy, kale pesto that works well over pasta or thin strips of yuba.
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Chicken Pesto Sandwich
Chicken and pesto's classic combination needs little work in this easy sandwich recipe. Grab any preferred fixings and pile them between two slices of sourdough. Click here for 8 Sweet and Savory Sandwiches. See all sandwich recipes.
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Pesto Tortilla Pizza
A vegan treat from Veronica Bosgraaf, founder of Pure Bar and a lifestyle expert. Make your own basil pesto or use a jar of store-bought pesto for these simple mini tortilla pizzas. Click Here to See More Pizza Recipes
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Pesto steals the stage in this pasta recipe, and it's given an extra boost of flavor from the help of Campbell's Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup.Click here to see 10 Best Back-of-the-Can Recipes
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Spinach
In the midst of winter many people regret not having had the foresight to freeze batches of pesto when fresh basil was in season; others self-indulgently used up their supply much faster than they expected. In either case, here is a recipe that will satisfy pesto addicts anywhere, and can be made in any season. See all spinach recipes.
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