Pesto Recipes: New Ways to Make Pesto

Power Pestos: Tasty Variations on a Classic

Photography By Naomi Henry | Last Updated September 23, 2014
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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.

Radish and Carrot Top Pesto Toasts

This garlicky pesto makes an almost instant appetizer that will keep diners guessing at the greens. You can also use the pesto slathered on bread, or as a topping for pasta, pizza or a winter soup....

The New Veganism: Vegan Pesto: Yes, You Can

Every other Thursday, Gena Hamshaw of the blog Choosing Raw shares satisfying, flavorful recipes that also happen to be vegan. Today: Yes, you can make vegan pesto. Just grab yourself some...

What to Cook Now: Garlic Scape Pesto

If you're like us, you look to the seasons for what to cook. Get to the market, and we'll show you what to do with your haul. Today: Garlic scapes want to be made into pesto. Let them.

Deviled Eggs with Spinach, Basil & Toasted Pine Nut Pesto

Even if you don’t live with 572 hens and a man who’d be happy eating meat loaf and deviled eggs every day, you should still have a great recipe for deviled eggs in your repertoire. Our favorite...

Classic Basil Pesto

Learn how to make pesto by hand, or with the help of a food processor.

Ramp Pesto

ramp pesto
Ramp pesto is terrific on pasta with a little freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Consider adding it on top of a homemade pasta.

Mustard Greens Pesto

Mustard Greens Pesto
A spicy, seasonal twist on traditional basil pesto, this is great as a garnish for creamed corn, a spread for cornbread or a day-after-the-holiday turkey sandwich, or a dressing for roasted cabbage...

Linguine with Roasted Asparagus and Almond Pesto

Swap almonds for the usual pine nuts in this twist on classic pesto, and turn it into a one-dish meal with a few bright vegetables. This pesto recipe doubles easily; keep any extra in a sealed...

Arugula & Roasted Pepper Pesto

Skip the pasta and serve this rustic pesto with poultry, warm cheeses and fruits, or on a sandwich.
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