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!

Pesto Sauce made with pine nuts, fresh basil and parsley is perfect as a pasta sauce, marinade, sandwich spread or even dipping sauce. Pesto Sauce also freezes well and can be canned.

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:

  • pizza
  • pasta
  • sandwiches
  • burgers
  • veggies
  • salad
  • rice
  • chicken
  • seafood

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!

Recipes that use pesto:

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