Power Pestos: Tasty Variations on a Classic
Find new pesto recipes that don’t necessarily call for basil, or pasta.
A traditional Italian pesto recipe calls for basil, pine nuts, Parmesan and really good olive oil, but sometimes it’s fun to break with tradition. Try swapping out those standard ingredients to make a more unusual, but just as delicious, version of the familiar sauce. For example, arugula can replace basil, and asiago cheese can stand in for Parmesan. As long as the basic formula is followed (greens + nuts + cheese + olive oil), it’s easy to transform a handful of greens into a flavorful sauce. (In fact, it’s so easy that pesto can technically be made by hand with a mortar and pestle—though a food processor or blender sure helps.) Get your bearings with our classic pesto recipe, then skip ahead and try one of these fresh new twists.