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Beyond Spaghetti: 10 Things to Do With Pesto

Aug 21 2014 - 5:30am

During the Summer, I love to use the bounty of in-season basil to make fresh pesto [1]. The combination of basil, walnuts, parmesan cheese, and olive oil is always delicious. If you don't have time to blitz together your own [2] pesto but want to cook with the sauce, simply pick up some from your local market. Although pesto is wonderful tossed with al dente pasta [3], there are plenty of other ways to make use of the Italian sauce. Here are eight ideas:

  1. Instead of using tomato sauce, top pizza dough with pesto. Sprinkle with cheese for a scrumptious twist on a classic cheese pizza, or pile on veggies like asparagus and arugula [4] for an ultragreen pie.
  2. Slather it on shrimp before roasting for a major flavor boost, or dollop it on top of grilled whole fish.
  3. Do lasagna the Summer way by swapping bolognese sauce for pesto [5].
  4. Serve with crackers and charcuterie for an easy appetizer.
  5. Make pasta salad [6]: Add the pesto, a generous dose of veggies, and pasta into a bowl. Mix well to combine, then chill for several hours, so the flavors can blend together.
  6. Serve atop grilled lamb chops [7].
  7. Drizzle pesto over scrambled eggs.
  8. Coat miniballs of mozzarella with the pesto. Skewer onto toothpicks with cherry tomatoes and basil leaves for a party-ready spin on caprese salad.
  9. Swirl it into mashed potatoes [8].
  10. Layer it with hummus, chopped cucumbers, pine nuts, and other Mediterranean ingredients for a fresh take on seven-layer dip [9].

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