Recipes With Pesto That Go Beyond Pasta Noodles
When you think of pesto, there’s a good chance your first thought is a big bowl of green pasta. And while the fresh, fragrant sauce does taste great over noodles, there’s so much more you can do with it. Take advantage of the healthy fats and nutrients found in the sauce by adding it to sandwiches, healthyish pizzas, and your favorite proteins.
Pesto is easy enough to make at home in a blender or food processor, but if you’re really in a rush, pick up a premade version instead. No judgment here. Just look for a fresh tub over a canned version so you can skip the preservatives and maximize the health benefits.
Love homemade pizza? Give the tomato sauce a break and swap in pesto instead. It’s got so much flavor, especially since this recipe adds walnuts to the sauce. Top it with grilled chicken (or leftover rotisserie, if that’s easier) and pepper jack cheese, plus any veggies you feel like adding in.
Pro tip: When you stuff your quesadillas with tons of grilled veggies and a dollop of pesto, you can get away with using less cheese. Important, since we could always use a little help reining in our love of cheese. Grill up some onion, peppers, mushrooms, and squash and fill up on this easy lunch or dinner.
Grain bowls never get old. They’re so easy to mix and match, and leave you satisfied without the too-stuffed feeling of, say, burrito bowls. This one starts with couscous, chickpeas, and broccoli, and mixes in walnuts, capers, and pesto for a seriously bangin’ flavor.
Roasted portobellos make a great substitute for meat on a night you’re craving a burger. They’re thick and juicy and taste *amazing* when topped with a guacamole pesto sauce. Yep, guacamole pesto. It’s about time these two green power foods were combined.