12 Pesto Dinners Ready in 30 Minutes or Less
Pesto! It's the simple trick that solves the healthy dinner dilemma. With a little homemade pesto on hand, you can always have a super-fast, healthy dinner on the table in 30 minutes or less...even on the craziest nights. Here's the key: Make a batch of pesto, and pour your pesto into ice trays, and freeze. Then use the individual cubes to make simple pastas. Or spoon the pesto onto broiled salmon or chicken. Got pesto? Now you're ready to make these tasty, top-rated recipes.
Ziti with Tomato-Pesto Sauce
Ready in 25 minutes. "For those who like pesto but also love tomato sauce, try this recipe," says Risa G, the recipe creator. "Quick to prepare and very good, too! Try serving with breadsticks."
Pesto Turkey Burgers
Ready in 20 minutes. "An awesome turkey burger with garlic, pesto, feta cheese, and seasoned salt," says ELADOUSA. "Even my husband liked it, and he typically will only eat traditional burgers!"
Pesto Pasta with Chicken
Ready in 30 minutes. "Easy and delicious pasta with chicken," says Kristin. "Use as much or as little pesto sauce as you like. Using homemade pesto will taste even better, but it adds to prep time. Enjoy!"
Ready in 20 minutes. "Out-of-this-world delicious!" raves KOALAGIRL. "It smelled so good while baking in the oven, and tasted even better. I used some homemade pesto from my basil plants - - nice and garlicky. There is nothing I would change on this recipe....it's perfect."
Pesto Turkey Meatballs
"Ridiculously easy turkey meatballs ready in 30 minutes and full of flavor thanks to lots of pesto," says Diana Moutsopoulos. "My kids love these turkey meatballs and they're endlessly versatile, and I love how quick and easy they are to make."
Creamy Pesto Shrimp
Ready in 30 minutes. "I cheat, and use a packaged creamy pesto sauce mix," says KVA1223. "A TERRIFIC addition to this recipe is a can of diced Italian tomatoes. Just stir them in with the shrimp, and it combines with the pesto to make a beautiful sauce. Add some parmesan, and you've got a gourmet meal!"
Scallops with Pesto Cream Sauce
Ready in 15 minutes. "This delicious scallop dish only takes a few minutes to make and is to die for," says nt_bella. "Serve the scallops as they are or with some crusty bread, rice, or pasta."
Simple Pesto Pasta
Ready in 15 minutes. "Simply noodles with a pesto and butter sauce," says MOMof5. "You could add chopped cooked chicken or shrimp to make a fuller meal."
Ready in 35 minutes. "A simple way to make chicken that looks like you spent a lot of time preparing," says Pjaros. "You can also prep it ahead of time, and refrigerate until baked. Be sure to use a good quality pesto for best results. I like to serve it with pasta, but it is also nice sliced and served on a green salad."
Pesto Pasta Caprese Salad
Ready in 20 minutes. "The traditional Caprese salad modified to pasta form. The mozzarella here is fresh mozzarella -- if you use the brick style, it will not be the same. If you can't find the pearlini mozzarella, use the cieglini and cut it in half." -- thedailygourmet
Egg Pesto Breakfast Wrap
Ready in 25 minutes. "A great combination of ingredients for anyone who enjoys a good breakfast wrap," says spinn710. "If you like a lot of pesto, spread it on the wrap before you add the eggs. Goes well with grapes on the side!"
Teena's Spicy Pesto Chicken and Pasta
Ready in 40 minutes. "A spicy chicken and pesto pasta dish that's easy to adjust to any heat level," says LAGIRL. "I created it after eating a similar dish at a Santa Monica restaurant, and it's one of my favorites. Serve with additional grated Parmesan, if desired. As an option, it's delicious with creamy goat cheese stirred in at the end."