Hailing from Genoa, Italy, pesto is one of the greatest sauce-starters (and sauces) of all time. Made with basil, Parmesan, pine nuts and garlic, it’s easy to make yourself, and it’s easy to find a really great pre-made version. If you can get it at a farmer’s market, you’ll have a fresh-tasting ingredient with a bright green colour that can dress up any pasta dish. But, there are lots of other things you can do with pesto this summer, whether you’re making a side dish, a main or a quick snack. Here are three great recipes to renew or solidify your love of pesto.
Pesto Pasta Salad
Tossing pesto with just-cooked pasta is a quick and easy meal maker, but a cold pasta salad is a much more appealing dish on a hot summer day. Although this recipe comes with instructions to make your own, feel free to use pre-made pesto, and sub in whatever vegetables you like.
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Spinach Pesto Chicken Breasts
With just four ingredients, this chicken is perfect for an evening when you really don’t feel like cooking. Serve it with grilled asparagus and roasted potatoes for a meal that looks like it required a lot more effort than it did.
Read more on: allrecipes.com
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Sun Dried Tomato Pesto Bites
Armed with store-bought filo pastry shells, you’ll be able to whip up these perfect summer appetizers in no time. And they’re relatively healthy, too, so you won’t be messing with anyone’s bikini-ready body.
Read more on: wellplated.com
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