Pesto is one of those staples that everyone should always have on-hand. It comes in handy for so many things and adds such fresh flavor to everything it meets!

While homemade pesto is usually better, I rely on prepared pesto from the store a lot. Here are some of the ways I use it:

  • Tossed with pasta (tortellini is my absolute favorite, but any pasta is good)
  • Spread on a tortilla, topped with a little cheese, rolled up and microwaved for 30 seconds
  • As a sauce for pizza
  • Thin with a bit of olive oil and serve with roasted vegetables
  • As a sandwich spread
  • On meat, chicken or fish
  • Blend into white bean dip
  • As a crostini topping with parmesan or goat cheese
  • Mixed into shredded chicken with a touch of mayo (recipe)
  • Tossed with a grain, topped with goat cheese crumbles

What is your favorite way to use pesto? 

11 Comments (Reply )

  1. Claire @ Live and Love to Eat
    Jan 24, 2012 @ 10:15 am

    I like to use it as a spread – it enhances almost any sandwich or wrap!


  2. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite
    Jan 24, 2012 @ 11:48 am

    I love pesto! Especially over pasta or even on a chicken breast, topped with a bit of mozzarella cheese. Delish! I actually froze some after last summer and it kept nicely.


    • Emily
      Jan 24, 2012 @ 12:06 pm

      I wish I would have made a bunch and frozen it, although…I guess I wouldn’t have been able to carry it across the country anyway…next summer!


  3. Megan (Braise The Roof)
    Jan 24, 2012 @ 1:41 pm

    Yumm, pesto. When I was a kid, I used to have pesto with linguine and chicken at LEAST once a week (that’s what happens when you don’t like tomato sauce, I guess). It’s also great as a stuffing for chicken or pork (along with some cheese or sundried tomatoes). Really, you could spread it on a shoe and I’d probably still eat it. :)


  4. Marisa
    Jan 24, 2012 @ 3:29 pm

    I am obsessed with pesto!! I love to put it on anything. Its a great topping for roasted veggies, or even fish. Have you ever mixed it into scrambled eggs with some cheese? To die for… :)


    • Emily
      Jan 24, 2012 @ 4:09 pm

      Um, no….but I will be trying that tomorrow! :)


  5. CherylK
    Jan 24, 2012 @ 7:15 pm

    All of the above! :-) (Thanks for these great tips…I would never have thought of the rice and goat cheese idea.


  6. Kristin @ FoodFash
    Jan 24, 2012 @ 8:57 pm

    I like dipping warm, crusty bread in my pesto!


  7. Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef
    Jan 25, 2012 @ 8:27 am

    Mmmm, I love the roasted vegetables idea! I do a lot of the others. It’s also good in soup!


  8. rai
    Jan 25, 2012 @ 8:07 pm

    Do you count calories? If you so how many do you eat a day? Do you eat 3 main meals or 5-6 small meals?


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