6 Pesto Recipes

Born in Italy, the pesto trend has swept across the world making pesto sauce an international favorite. Originally made with basil, pine nuts, Parmesan cheese and olive oil; Pesto sauce is no longer synonymous with basil. The traditional ingredients that make up this rich sauce have now been substituted for other options. Read on for 6 non-traditional pesto recipes.

Tomato Pesto

Tomato Pesto

Tomato Pesto

Adding a touch of color and a burst of flavor to pesto sauce is easy. Simply add some sun dried tomatoes. Follow the recipe here.

Spinach Pesto

Spinach Pesto

Spinach Pesto

Adding spinach and walnuts instead of pine nuts makes this pesto healthier. It’s a great way to incorporate healthy greens into your meal while keeping all the flavors you like. Find the recipe here.

Beet Pesto

Beet Pesto

Beet Pesto

Wanna know how to make pink pesto? This recipe uses baby beets instead of basil leaves and almonds in place of pine nuts. It looks absolutely gorgeous.

Cilantro Jalapeño Pesto

Cilantro Jalapeno Pesto

Cilantro Jalapeno Pesto

For the spicy lover only, this jalapeño pesto would be perfect with nachos. Right? This recipe calls for cilantro, almonds, and jalapenos.

Arugula Pesto

Arugula Pesto

Arugula Pesto

In this variation, the arugula is added instead of the basil to give it a more peppery taste. Additionally, walnuts are added in place of the pine nuts. Try the recipe here.

Mint Pesto

Mint Pesto

Mint Pesto

Using only mint leaves, this recipe is for mint enthusiasts. Full of fresh flavour, you can use this pesto as an accompaniment for lamb. It can also be used in a soup.  

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