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Load Up Your Appetizers and Entrées With Pesto

Jun 7 2013 - 4:25am

If you're in search of a quick flavor fix, turn to pestos as they're full of bold, concentrated flavors. Pesto alla Genovese [1] — basil, pine nuts, garlic, parmesan, and olive oil — is typically the first ingredient combination that comes to mind, but really, the ground nut-and-herb mixture just brings endless color to all manner of dishes. Here are a smattering of recipes loaded with all kinds of pesto.

— Additional reporting by Anna Monette Roberts

Lamb Chops With Mint-Pistachio Pesto

Lamb chops with mint-pistachio pesto [2] are a perfect way to wave goodbye to the Spring season.

Beet and Goat Cheese Pizza With Arugula Pesto

Arugula, rather than basil, makes for a tart pesto that balances out the sweetness from the beet and goat cheese pizza [3].

Mashed Potatoes With Basil Pesto

The Parmesan and basil flavor of pesto mixes perfectly with mashed potatoes [4].

Zucchini Pesto Crostini

Zucchini pesto crostini [5] make great vegetarian appetizers that are simple yet full of complex flavors.

Pasta With Morel Shallot Pesto

You wouldn't think to turn morel mushrooms into a pesto [6], but processing them with shallots, garlic, thyme, and pine nuts transforms it into an earthy sauce for pasta.

Chèvre Macaroni and Cheese With Pesto

Pesto brings a zesty contrast to an otherwise incredibly rich macaroni and cheese recipe [7].

Salmon With Spinach and Sunflower Pesto

This fast and easy salmon meal [8] is perfect for weeknight dinners. It's topped with a nutty spinach-sunflower pesto.

Mediterranean Layered Dip

8-layer dip [9] doesn't have to be Mexican in theme. This Mediterranean dip features hummus, pesto, and plenty of vegetables.

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