Monica's favorite gear
for making PESTO
This 11-cup model gets lots of use in my kitchen. It makes so many tasks easier--like making pesto in a snap!
The cubes in this tray hold 2 tablespoons of pesto--a convenient amount to have handy in the freezer.
These hold 1/2 cup of pesto--just the right amount for pizza sauce and many other recipes.
Also available: plastic lids for jars
I keep olive oil in one of these bottles for squeezing it in a pan when I saute or topping off the pesto "ice cubes" to prevent browning.

25 Best Recipes With Pesto

How to make pesto and lots of ways to use it

Pesto is one of the easiest and most versatile ways to add quick flavor to many dishes. I've rounded up a collection of favorite recipes by me and some of my blogging buddies who just happen to be among the best cooks in the blogosphere. You'll find recipes for making pesto the traditional way with basil, and other varieties using spinach, broccoli, and even avocados. Not only can pesto be tossed with pasta, but it also is used in appetizers, salads, sandwiches, pizza, bread, and main dishes for every meal of the day. Enjoy!

Classic Basil Pesto--how to make it and freeze it
recipe and photo by Monica at The Yummy Life 


Broccoli Pesto
recipe and photo by Nicole at The Galley Gourmet 


Avocado Pesto
recipe and photo by Ali at Gimme Some Oven


Toasted Walnut Spinach Pesto Pasta
recipe and photo by Marla at Family Fresh Cooking 


Baked Pesto Chicken
recipe and photo by Kalyn at Kalyn's Kitchen


8 Easy Appetizers Using Pesto
pinwheels, veggie skewers, crostini, stuffed mushrooms, spreads and dips
recipes and photos by Monica at The Yummy Life 


Portobello, Red Pepper & Pesto Pizza
recipe and photo by Lindsay at Pinch of Yum 


Sundried Tomato Polenta Bites
recipe and photo by Lori at Recipe Girl


Chicken Pesto Slider Sandwiches
recipe and photo by Monica at The Yummy Life 


Cheesy Pesto Pull-Apart Bread
recipe and photo by Jamie at Jamie Cooks It Up 


Whole Grain Pesto Croutons
recipe and photo by Monica at The Yummy Life 


Pesto for Breakfast Lunch and Dinner 
(pesto scrambled eggs, pesto salad vinaigrette, pesto veggie pasta)
recipes and photos by Monica at The Yummy Life 


Pesto Chicken Salad with Walnuts and Red Peppers
recipe and photo by Christie at Pepper Lynn


Salmon Pesto Pasta
recipe and photo by Annie at Annie's Eats


Pesto Brown Rice Pilaf
recipe by Monica at The Yummy Life


Parmesan Pesto Veggie Sandwich
recipe by Lindsay at Pinch of Yum 


There are endless ways to make and use pesto. What's your favorite?

Make it a Yummy Day!

Posted on Thursday, August 9th, 2012

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