20 Delicious Ways to Have Pesto in Your Life


Pesto Perfect

Embrace the versatility of pesto with these 20 fresh and easy ideas. Any of these ideas can work with your choice of Barilla® Traditional Basil Pesto or Barilla® Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto.

1. Veggie Dip

Red Pesto Hummus with Veggies
Stir a little pesto into your favorite purchased hummus. Serve with veggie dippers.

2. Salad Dressing

Pesto Vinaigrette
Stir a spoonful or two of pesto into your favorite vinaigrette salad dressing. Serve over fresh mixed greens.

3. Pizza Sauce Swap

Chicken Pesto Pizza
Top pizza crust with pesto, shredded chicken, artichoke hearts, and shredded mozzarella cheese; bake.

  1. 4. Sandwich Spread
    On your BLT, spread a little pesto in place of traditional mayonnaise.

    5. Garlic Bread Spread
    Pesto Garlic Bread 
    Combine melted butter, garlic powder, and pesto; spread mixture on sliced French bread, wrap in aluminum foil and bake.

    6. Herby Marinade
    Chicken Pesto Kebobs
    Brush chicken and vegetable kebabs with pesto during grilling. Serve with additional pesto for dipping.  

    7. French Fry Dipper
    Sweet Potato Fries with Pesto Aioli 
    Prepare frozen sweet potato fries according to package instructions. Stir together equal parts mayonnaise and pesto until smooth; serve with fries.

    8. Secret Sauce
    Burgers with Pesto and Arugula 
    Spread toasted burger buns with pesto and mayonnaise. Top hamburgers with fresh arugula, vegetables, and cheese.

    9. Chicken Crisper
    Crispy Pesto Chicken 
    Brush chicken breasts with pesto and top with shredded mozzarella cheese and panko bread crumbs; bake. 

    10. Mac & Cheese Stir-In
    Pesto Mac & Cheese 
    Dress up macaroni and cheese by stirring in a spoonful of pesto. For best results, use white cheddar mac and cheese. 

    11. Easy Veggie Sauce
    Grilled Veggies with Pesto 
    For instant flavor, toss pesto with grilled vegetables such as zucchini, summer squash, asparagus, and/or green beans. 

    12. With Breakfast
    Pesto & Eggs 
    Drizzle soft-scrambled eggs with pesto and chopped fresh herbs such as basil and parsley. Serve with toast.

    13. Burger Mix-In
    Pesto-Perfect Turkey Burgers
    Combine ground turkey with a few spoonfuls of pesto and bread crumbs. Form into patties and grill to desired doneness.

    14. Hearty Bowl Filler
    Mediterranean Orzo Bowl 
    Toss cooked, chilled orzo, rice or quinoa with pesto. Stir in halved cherry tomatoes, chopped cucumber, chickpeas, and chopped fresh mint. Top with crumbled feta.

    15. Fresh Pasta Sauce
    Pesto with Angel Hair and Shrimp
    Toss cooked angel hair pasta with pesto and sautéed shrimp.

    16. Salad Refresher
    Pesto Potato Salad
    Make purchased potato salad your own. Before serving, stir a spoonful or two of pesto into your favorite purchased potato salad or your best potato salad recipe. 

    17. Butter Blend
    Pesto Corn on the Cob
    Combine softened butter with pesto and fresh herbs. Spread over corn on the cob before grilling. Serve with additional pesto-butter mixture.

    18. Fresh Fish
    Pesto en Papillote
    Top any white fish or salmon with pesto and place in parchment paper. Add any quick-cooking vegetables, such as summer squash or mushrooms, and bake in the oven until fish is done.

    19. Crouton Seasoner
    Pesto Croutons
    Toss sourdough bread cubes with pesto and shredded Parmesan cheese. Bake on a parchment-lined baking pan until crisp and browned.

    20. Bake into Bread
    Pesto-Scented Corn Bread
    Stir pesto into packaged corn bread, whole wheat, or bread roll mix. Continue to prepare and bake according to package directions.

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