Whether you plan to grind your own pesto or use up that jar of half-opened pesto sitting in your pantry, these recipes celebrate the luscious, versatile sauce made from basil, pine nuts, and parmesan. Ranging from your run-of-the-mill pesto pasta to a more ambitious pesto focaccia, we’ve rounded up recipes you can whip up in less than an hour alongside more time-consuming ones. Fret not, with pesto on your side, not much can go wrong.
Pesto and pasta are a match made in heaven. While the dish only requires pesto and cooked pasta, adding garlic, onions and extra parmesan does enhance flavour. For a more substantial meal, opt to top your pasta with protein such as burrata, chicken or salmon. Ensure to only add your pesto sauce after pulling your pan off the heat to prevent the basil from cooking, which reduces its distinct aroma.
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