Don’t limit yourself when it comes to pesto. With so many truly awesome things you can do with such a simple, homemade condiment why would you only use the most widely known? Become an at home chef and make one, or try them all, because these pesto variations are fantastic!
With a twist on a classic, here are brilliant, and delicious, pesto creations! No matter how you decide to use these Mediterranean inspired condiments, in marinades, soups, dressings or traditional pasta, you are sure to love each and every one.
SUN-DRIED TOMATO BASIL PESTO
This recipe for Sun-Dried Tomato Basil Pesto, from Marzia at Little Spice Jar, is quick, easy and delicious! You can use it in so many ways, Marzia even suggests using it in her recipe for Minestrone soup, yes please! Or, mix it with a little oil and vinegar, making a yummy Sun-Dried Tomato Basil salad dressing!
Get the recipe for Sun-Dried Tomato Basil Pesto, here!
Ever get a funny feeling in your mouth after eating pine nuts? You are not alone. Over at Once Upon a Chef, Jenn gives us this pine nut free, walnut based, pesto! It is just as easy to make, and just as delicious to eat.
Check out the pine nut free, Basil-Walnut Pesto, here!
GARLIC SCAPE PESTO
If you love the spicy side of garlic, you are going to love this! If you don’t grow your own garlic, just pick up the scapes, in early spring, at your local farmer’s market. The recipe shared by Traci, at Vanilla And Bean, is perfect and lets the flavorful scapes shine!
Get the spicy, creamy Garlic Scape Pesto, here!
ROASTED PISTACHIO PESTO
Jennifer and Trevor, at Show Me the Yummy, shared this sophisticated, slightly sweeter, recipe! Roasting pistachios adds even more complex flavor to fresh, homemade pesto. It takes slightly longer, by minutes, but is definitely worth the added ‘effort’. Try it with roasted vegetables for a simple, sophisticated side dish.
Get a grown up Roasted Pistachio Pesto recipe, here!
ROASTED RED PEPPER PESTO
For an easy, 15-minute pasta dish check out the Roasted Red Pepper Pesto recipe at A Cozy Kitchen. Adrianna gives us two methods, buy a can, or jar, of roasted red peppers or, add the extra time and, make your own! Either way, this smoky, sweet pesto is exactly what you need in your life!
The recipe for Roasted Red Pepper Pesto is here!
CHARRED POBLANO CILANTRO PESTO
Add a little pep to your pesto! Heather, at Heather’s Dish, shares with us a cilantro inspiration! Substitute cilantro for basil, add a little spice and you have a brand new condiment for burritos, taco, salads and more! And just think, it only takes a couple of minutes!
Get the Charred Poblano Cilantro Pesto here!
MINT AND ALMOND PESTO
Ann, at Cook for your Life, shares this refreshingly different recipe for Mint and Almond Pesto. The almonds adds a creamy texture and slightly nutty flavor. And a combination of mint and basil keeps this reminiscent of the classic, with a twist! It is fanatic mixed with pasta or grilled vegetables.
Try the Mint and Almond Pesto recipe, here!
SPINACH & PARSLEY PESTO
It looks like traditional pesto but, April at Girl Gone Gourmet, has swapped out basil for parsley and spinach! You really can make any substitutions you want! This is perfect for any traditional application or, use it as a sandwich spread, mix into steamed vegetables or as a fish marinade. Using parsley opens the door to even more possibilities and combinations!
Check out the Spinach & Parsley Pesto recipes, here!
Finding the right recipe, or finding the right ingredients to make great pesto, doesn’t have to be hard, or take long. Usually all we need is a little inspiration to get started and soon we are making gourmet, homemade pesto in minutes!
Your turn! I’d love to hear any of your fun, and fantastic, pesto ingredients, just let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear what you’ve got!