Looking to make homemade pesto or find out how to use it? Look no further! These are the BEST recipes that use pesto, plus a HOMEMADE recipe!
What is pesto?
It’s basically made up of pine nuts, basil, Parmesan cheese, olive oil and garlic. These ingredients are ground up until a sort of paste or sauce that is green in color.
I like to include a little bit of parsley in my pesto to make for a vibrant green. Sometimes I substitute walnuts instead of pine nuts, or leave them out for my friends with nut allergies.
It brings that perfect amount of extra flavor a recipe needs. There are many things that you can use pesto for. Here are just a few:
For a spicier pesto, I add some chile peppers or dried crushed red pepper. Pesto also lasts for a long time! Canned the shelf life is at least a year, you can also freeze it in ice cube trays or just leave it in the fridge for up to a week in an airtight container.
You can practically use it on everything and it only takes 5 minutes to make! Check out my homemade Basil Pesto Sauce and use it to make the delicious recipes below!