Basil Recipes

Discover tasty ways to enjoy this “king of herbs” in pesto, pasta, salads, soups, and sauces.

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Rich and Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

Rating: 4.6 stars
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The secret to the richness of this soup is to use real butter, fresh basil leaves, and heavy cream. Please do not substitute, or you will not have the same high quality end result.

Stuffed Leg of Lamb with Balsamic-Fig-Basil Sauce

Rating: 4.83 stars
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Dried plums and currants tossed with salted, roasted almonds, creme de cassis, and mint is the stuffing for my rolled lamb roast. It's a very easy way to dress up a lamb roast during the holidays. The simple herb rub adds just the right amount of seasoning along with fresh garlic inserted into the top of the roast. My balsamic basil fig sauce creation drizzled over the sliced lamb is the perfect finish touch and extremely flavorful thanks to the fresh basil.

Basil Goat Cheese Pizza

Rating: 4.5 stars
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This is among my husband's favorite dinners! The flavors compliment each other so well and it is so easy! I use frozen bread dough to speed the process. Set out dough before you leave for work and you are ready to go by the time you get home!

A Farewell to Basil Fettuccine

Rating: 4.74 stars
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I made this while watching 'A Farewell to Arms' on TV and realized the title suited the intent of the pasta, which was to celebrate the last gleanings from my rather prolific basil patch. If you feel the need to serve this with a sauce, consider a butter garlic sauce or a white wine sauce with chicken. Whatever you choose to accompany this with, enjoy it!

Homemade Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce

Rating: 4.58 stars
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This amazing sauce is great over noodles or some kind of vegetable. With a short cooking time, it's fabulous!

Spinach Basil Pasta Salad

Rating: 4.68 stars
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This is a delicious salad! Use this as an alternative to the traditional pasta or potato salads at your BBQ!

Double Tomato Bruschetta

Rating: 4.82 stars
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A delicious and easy appetizer. The balsamic vinegar gives it a little bite. Dried basil can be substituted but it is best with fresh.

Brooklyn Girl's Penne Arrabiata

Rating: 4.63 stars
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One thing I learned in my years living in the Canarsie section of Brooklyn, NY was how to cook a good Italian meal. Here is a recipe I created after having this dish in a restaurant. Enjoy!

Simple Garlic and Basil Pesto

Rating: 4.6 stars
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This recipe is something that you can make quickly and easily using a blender. Everything you need is easy to find in your local supermarket. This paste is great for putting on or in meat and pastas, or with cottage cheese in stuffed pasta shells. Once I start making this, the orders from friends and family keep coming in. For best taste, pesto should be heated up in the meal it's being prepared with.

Angel Hair Pasta with Shrimp and Basil

Rating: 4.46 stars
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If you like the ingredients in the name, you'll love the dish. Freshly grated Parmesan cheese makes it complete.

Best Steak Marinade in Existence

Rating: 4.59 stars
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This is a family recipe that has been developed only over the last 5 years. In this short time it's made me famous in our close circle, but until now I've never shared it with anyone.

Chicken Parmesan

Rating: 4.83 stars
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My version of chicken parmesan is a little different than what they do in the restaurants, with less sauce and a crispier crust.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Easy Pesto
"Everyone loved it! Nice twist with the almonds!" – Elizabeth
Amazing Cucumber Basil Salad
"Very tasty and refreshing summer salad!" – Kris

Roasted Cherry Tomato Pasta

Roasting enhances the flavors of any vegetable, but seems to add a wonderful, rich sweetness when done with cherry tomatoes. This recipe takes that sweetness, complements it with fresh herbs and a touch of heat from red pepper flakes, with some low-fat ricotta to smooth it all out. I topped it with some salty, nutty Pecorino cheese.