Spring is in the air! The days are getting longer and we’re all coming out of our winter cocoons. What better way to celebrate with some delicious pesto dishes. On this list, you’ll find everything from pizza to ravioli to chips!
Here are 15 pesto recipes you don’t want to miss.
1. Pan-Fried Pesto Gnocchi
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This Pan-Fried Pesto Gnocchi by Keri Bevan is the perfect family-friendly midweek meal. Crispy on the outside, fluffy in the middle with a garlicky spinach and basil pesto – this is comfort food at its finest.
2. Pesto Garden Pizza
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This Pesto Garden Pizza by Dominique Ebra makes a perfect dinner, and the creamy basil pesto elevates the entire dish!
3. Portobello Pumpkin Ravioli With Sage and Walnut Pesto
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Pumpkin and sage is a classic flavor combination that can’t be beaten. These Portobello Pumpkin Ravioli With Sage and Walnut Pesto by Medha Swaminathan are packed with portobello mushroom filling and topped with a chunky sage and walnut pesto!
4. Oven-Baked Sweet Potato Chips With Kale Pesto
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These Oven-Baked Sweet Potato Chips With Kale Pesto by Julie Van den Kerchove are a very nice bite for the holidays. You can already make the pesto in advance and cut the chips into slices. So you have all the time in the evening to enjoy the cozy atmosphere while the chips are golden brown in the oven. If you bake them long enough, they will become deliciously crispy!
5. Roasted Potato Pesto Salad with Spicy Chipotle Chickpeas
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This Roasted Potato Pesto Salad with Spicy Chipotle Chickpeas by Caroline Doucet is a delicious and comforting vegan salad that’s packed with flavor! Serve it warm or cold.
6. Zucchini Noodles With Oil-Free Roasted Pistachio Pesto
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Creamy pesto, al dente zucchini noodles, and burst cherry tomatoes with crunchy pistachios and white beans on top. These Zucchini Noodles With Oil-Free Roasted Pistachio Pesto by Julia Papanek are filling, yet they won’t make you feel weighed down. Instead of using pine nuts like traditional pesto, this one uses roasted and salted pistachios. It also replaces olive oil with vegetable broth but results in the same delicious, creamy texture.
7. Artichoke Pesto Zucchini Noodles
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These Artichoke Pesto Zucchini Noodles by Julie Zimmer are simple, easy, flavorful, and can be served as a starter (entrée) or the main meal. Of course, you could make the same dish with pasta, but this healthy version is worth a try. It’s also a great way to get your kids to eat more vegetables. Bon appetit!
8. Pesto Salad with Chickpeas and Sweet Potatoes
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The good thing about salads is that you can “make it a salad” in the good sense! You can mix ingredients, textures, and aromas and create dishes that can stand as a light main course! This salad combines cool greenery with baked sweet potato, crispy chickpeas, and delicious parsley pesto. This Pesto Salad with Chickpeas and Sweet Potatoes by Lenia and Dimitra is filling, very nutritious, and delicious!
9. Pistachio Pesto Roasted Potatoes and Brussel Sprouts
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This Pistachio Pesto Roasted Potatoes and Brussel Sprouts recipe by Dominique Ebra has been designed with fresh basil, pistachios, and zesty lemon juice to complement the flavors of the sprouts and crispy roasted potatoes.
10. Kale Walnut Pesto Pasta
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If you’re trying to up your meal prep game, making your dips and sauces can be a game-changer! This Kale Walnut Pesto Pasta by Mitra Shirmohammadi is packed with nutrients, full of flavors, and so versatile. You can serve it with pasta, slather it on your toast, use it in sandwiches, serve it with roasted vegetables and proteins, use it in pizza, salads, etc. As you can see the options are endless! The traditional pesto recipe includes basil, pine nuts, and Parmesan cheese. To make it dairy-free I always skip the Parmesan and use nutritional yeast instead for a subtle cheesy flavor and added nutrients such as the vitamin B family, iron, selenium, zinc, and protein. If you’re sensitive to nutritional yeast, you can skip it completely and go for hemp hearts. It will still turn out delicious.
11. Spaghetti Moroccan Style With Spinach and Walnut Pesto
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If you’re looking for something fresh and light that isn’t complicated, look no further. Moroccan-spiced vegetables combined with fresh-tasting spinach and walnut pesto create one of the most amazing spaghetti dishes you will ever taste. This Spaghetti Moroccan Style With Spinach and Walnut Pesto by Dan Waters can’t be missed.
12. Roasted Pesto Vegetables with Chickpeas
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It’s not a complicated recipe and your favorite vegetables can easily be added. These vegetables are roasted to perfection and tossed in a dreamy pesto. The pesto chickpeas are the added crunch to the dish along with the protein. This Roasted Pesto Vegetable with Chickpeas recipe by Robin Browne will be your new go-to dinner!
13. Pasta and White Beans with Spinach-Walnut Pesto
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When you add spinach, walnut, and a few hemp seeds to your pesto, the protein content soars. Use whole grain or bean pasta and add some white beans, and you have a delicious and satisfying meal rich in plant protein. Leftover pesto can be stored in a small tightly covered container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. This Pasta and White Beans with Spinach Walnut Pesto recipe by Robin Robertson is something the whole family will love!
14. Pasta with Creamy Chestnut Pesto
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This Pasta with Creamy Chestnut Pesto by Louise and Nico is a dish that will make you fall in love with this delicious nut. In Italy, chestnuts are eaten in a million different ways. Here, we created a dish with 3 iconic Italian ingredients: la castagna (chestnut), la nocciola (hazelnut), and bronze cut spaghetti. It’s one of the best plates of pasta you will ever have. It’s cozy, creamy, cheesy, and earthy. What do you think?
15. Cauliflower Rice Pesto Sandwich
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This Cauliflower Rice Pesto Sandwich by Florian Nouh is a delightful cacophony of flavors that blend into the perfect bite. It is stuffed with fresh tomatoes, tender eggplant, tasty cauliflower rice, and pesto to tie everything together. It’s got everything you love between two slices of bread.
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