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Ways to Use Homemade Pesto Sauce

Posted By Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom On July 30, 2010 @ 4:27 pm In Garden,How To,Recipes | 16 Comments

Rather than let the garden herbs grow out of control, make pesto instead.  I have found that it doesn’t really matter how much of which kind of herb you use…as long as you have enough basil in there to give it that basil flare.

I did not measure my pesto as I made it…but I’ll tell you what I put in it…and then just added a little salt and olive oil to make it taste just the way I wanted it!

  • Fresh spinach
  • Fresh basil
  • Fresh parsley
  • Fresh thyme
  • Fresh rosemary
  • Pine nuts, about 1/4 cup
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Smidge of water, as needed to help it puree

Just throw everything in a food processor or blender and mix until desired consistency.  Use immediately or freeze for use in future meal.

It’s perfect for pasta…Grilled Chicken Spinach Pesto Pasta [3].

It’s perfect for dipping tomatoes.

It’s perfect for making a pesto vinaigrette (recipe below).

It’s perfect for spreading onto a grilled chicken sandwich.

Or you could just drink it out of the bowl.

Well, that may be a little much?!

Well, maybe not?!

Pesto Vinaigrette

Ingredients

  • 3 Tbsp homemade pesto
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar, white balsamic or distilled white
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

Place ingredients in a bowl and whisk.  Add a touch of water if needed to get it to desired dressing consistency.  Serve with salad.

Please share some of your favorite Pesto Recipes!!!

Update: be sure to check out the comments below as we’ve got lots of additional reader suggestions for using up pesto!


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