47 Delicious Ways to Use Pesto
Wondering what to do with pesto? If you've got leftover sauce to use before it goes bad (store-bought or homemade), you're in luck! We've rounded up almost 50 of our favorite ways to use prepared basil pesto. Whether you're in the mood for a quick and easy sheet pan dinner to feed a family, an irresistible appetizer made with frozen puff pastry, or a delicious and savory breakfast with a hint of refreshing basil flavor, you'll find something you love in this collection of ways to use pesto.
Pesto Stuffed Grilled Portobellos
Heirloom Tomato Tart with Pesto and Mozzarella
"In these last days of summer, I made this fresh and light summer tomato tart," says recipe creator lolalobato. "I love it al fresco with wine. It's much nicer when you use variety of tomatoes like heirloom tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, mini Marzano, and pear tomatoes."
Fresh Pesto Pizza
Pesto Turkey Meatballs
"Ridiculously easy turkey meatballs ready in 30 minutes and full of flavor thanks to lots of pesto," says recipe creator Diana Moutsopoulos. "My kids love these turkey meatballs and they're endlessly versatile, and I love how quick and easy they are to make."
Pesto Chicken Bake
Who doesn't love a quick and easy sheet pan meal? Made with just four ingredients (red potatoes, cherry tomatoes, pesto, and chicken thighs), this one-pan meal will become a staple in your dinner rotation.
Pesto Puff Pastry Pinwheel
It couldn't be easier to make this perfect party appetizer with just three main ingredients: frozen puff pastry, prepared pesto, and ricotta cheese.
Pesto Chicken Spaghetti Squash Bake
Grilled Pesto Shrimp Skewers
You'll be proud to serve these four-ingredient skewers (made with shrimp, pesto, basil, and lemon juice) at your next summertime barbecue.
Pesto Sausage Biscuit Bites
Pesto Turkey Burgers
Pesto Pasta Caprese Salad
If you like traditional caprese, you'll love this pesto-flavored pasta salad with grape tomatoes, mozzarella balls, and fresh basil. This recipe works well as a side dish or entree.
Goat Cheese Arugula Pizza
Scallops with Pesto Cream Sauce
Basil Pesto Potato Salad
Pesto Polenta Lasagna
Make this delicious dinner with just five ingredients: a package of polenta, a jar of marinara, pesto, pine nuts, and mozzarella. It only requires about 10 minutes of prep time.
This healthy, satisfying, diet-friendly meal is easy to make with a spiralizer — but you can buy pre-made zucchini noodles in the freezer section of the grocery store.
Egg Pesto Breakfast Wrap
Basil Pesto Bread Rounds
Pesto-Stuffed Pork Chops
Pesto Cheesy Chicken Rolls
Chicken Pesto Paninis
Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Pesto Chicken Penne Casserole
Mediterranean Pesto Pizza
Topped with Kalamata olives, tomatoes, and feta, these five-ingredient pizzas are easy to make with pesto-covered naan or Greek pita flatbreads.
Pesto Tuna Salad with Sun-Dried Tomatoes
The classic tuna salad sandwich gets a major upgrade with a few tablespoons of pesto, oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, and Parmesan cheese. Choose a hearty bread that can stand up to this heavy filling.