Pesto Fixings
It all starts with basil, parmesan, pine nuts and olive oil.



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ALISSA DICKER SCHRIEBER is a freelance writer and cooking teacher who resides in New York City.



January 2007
Updated March 2009

Product Reviews / Main Nibbles / Pastas

The Best Pesto Sauce

Page 8: Pesto Recipe Ideas


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Pesto Recipe Ideas & Serving Sugggestions   

We’ve made some suggestions above, but here’s a rundown of our favorite ways to use pesto.  A spoonful here or there takes the grunt work out of making scrumptious dishes.  Talk about fast food!

  • Mix them into pasta.  Just place a couple spoonfuls in a bowl, add your cooked pasta, a touch of pasta cooking water, and stir.  One of our favorite ways to serve this is with whole, toasted pine nuts, shredded prosciutto, freshly grated Parmesan, and peas.
  • Add a scoop to liven up your soup.
  • Spread it on toast and make bruschetta, an easy hors d’oeuvre.
  • Use some as a topping or dip for cooked meat, fish, or vegetables.
  • Dab basil or arugula pesto onto a caprese salad of bufala mozzarella and tomatoes.
  • Herb and garlic pestos make fabulous additions to salad dressing. Whisk a spoonful with some lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil, or add it to your favorite recipe for a super-charged vinaigrette.
Pesto Sauce
In an instant, pesto adds glamour to a plain scallop or crab cake.
  • Spread them on sandwiches, either as they are or mixed into mayonnaise.  That pesto-mayo will also spruce up your chicken and tuna salads, and make a great aioli dip for French fries.

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