23 Easy Pesto Recipes

Pesto recipes date back to the 16th century and originated in the northern region of Italy. Made of basil, crushed garlic, pine nuts, Parmesan cheese, and olive oil, you really can’t beat this authentic sauce that has been loved for generations. Check out some absolutely perfect pesto recipes to get more of this delicious sauce in your life!

Homemade Basil Pesto

“And nothing is easier (or tastier) than traditional homemade pesto. This is my favorite recipe for it, and I don’t take my pesto lightly. It took some time for me to perfect my pesto and bring on my ‘A’ game.” – Marzia

Baked Chicken Pesto Parmesan

“I’m updating classic chicken parmesan with a little pesto and skipping the skillet with a clean and easy baking method. Baked Chicken Pesto Parmesan is a fast and easy meal your family will love!” – Valerie

Cheesy Stuffed Pesto Garlic Bread

“On the slip side, it’s completely appropriate to serve a big loaf of cheesy bread at any party. I mean, it’s usually the first snack I gravitate to at a party, and throw in some pesto? And some roasted garlic? Which is caramely and sweet? I.cannot.get.enough.” – Jessica

Spinach Basil and Pine Nut Pesto

“I decided that we were having homemade pesto! I love this as a quick no-cook sauce for pasta. In fact, after a long and tedious day of tagging clothes, toys, books, and shoes for a consignment sale, I needed something super easy for dinner. I decided to fix a pot of fettuccine and toss it with this fresh pesto for a quick and healthy meatless dinner.” – Melissa

Pesto Roasted Brussels Sprouts

“Brussels Sprouts with an Italian twist! Just a few ingredients, these Pesto Roasted Brussels Sprouts will make a great addition to any meal!” – Aggie

Caesar Basil Pesto Pasta Salad

“Made this for our girls game night. Added checked and artichoke hearts to made it again dish. Everyone loved it and wanted the recipe. Great pasta salad!!!” – Marty

Italian Stuffed Chicken

“Italian Stuffed Chicken is a spectacular and easy chicken recipe. It’s covered in Italian dressing and seasonings, then stuffed with Mozzarella cheese and basil pesto. It is so delicious! You’re going to want to try this one!” – Holly

Shrimp Pesto Pasta

“This recipe for shrimp pesto pasta is spaghetti tossed in a flavorful pesto sauce, then topped with sauteed shrimp and tomatoes. A fresh and easy dinner that’s quick to make and packed with flavor!” – Sara

Creamy Pesto Sauce Chicken Lasagna Rollups with Garlic Basil Sauce

“I have a love for pesto sauce and thankfully I’ve passed that love onto my chicken. Friends these Creamy Pesto Sauce Chicken Lasagna Rollups are SO good and topped with the Garlic Basil Sauce they are downright amazing. I love that you can easily make it for a weeknight dinner and it’s great with leftover chicken.” – Maryann

How to Freeze Pesto with Fresh Basil

“Pesto is so simple to make, and I’ve got such a fun little trick for How to Freeze Pesto!” – Heidi

One -Pot Pesto Chicken Skillet

“Y’all this recipe is a new favorite in our house. We are always looking for quick and easy meals that you don’t have to tear down the kitchen to make – not just for me, but for y’all as well. Well, this is one of them.” – Stacey

Pesto Zucchini Noodles with Roasted Tomatoes and Grilled Chicken

“It’s time for another summery zucchini recipe and this time it’s fresh pesto zucchini noodles with roasted tomatoes and grilled chicken!” – Kevin

Grilled Pesto Shrimp Skewers

“Homemade pesto with basil from my garden makes a scrumptious addition to shrimp. Serve these for dinner or make them at your next BBQ!” – Gina

Pesto Cauliflower Rice

“Cauliflower rice is flavored with homemade pesto sauce for an easy, delicious, low-carb and gluten free dish. It’s great to eat on its own or as a rice substitute for any meal.” – Kirbie

Chicken Pesto Kabobs

“No-fuss 4-ingredient kabobs! Can be made ahead of time, baked or grilled so you can make this anytime, anywhere. Easy peasy.” – Chungah

Three Cheese Pesto Spinach Flatbread Pizza

“Three Cheese Pesto Spinach Flatbread Pizza. Alternate title: how to eat an entire 5oz box of spinach for lunch without making a frickin’ salad.” – Jenn

Roasted Red Pepper and Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

“Roasted red peppers + basil + pesto + melty cheese = comatose. Also, epic.” – Lauren

Basil Pesto Chicken with Sundried Tomatoes – 5 Ingredients!

“Omg this recipe was very delicious! I’m definitely putting this in my rotation!” – Amy

Summer Pesto Grilled Vegetables with Penne

“Covered in flavorful pesto and grilled to smoky perfection, these grilled vegetables and penne pasta are an easy and totally amazing vegetarian dinner for the summer!” – Sarah

Crispy Smashed Potatoes with Garlic Pesto

“We’ve all had breakfast potatoes and mashed potatoes and french fries, but what about smashed potatoes? Yeah, get ready for crispy, tender potatoes with a flavor explosion.” – Dana

Grilled Pesto Chicken Sandwiches

“Last week I shared my all-out love for pesto and all of its goodness. I know, I may have seemed a little over the top, but I really am crazy about pesto. When I make pesto, I start to go on a bit of a pesto-spree, adding it to everything I can think of.” – Kaela

Healthy Pesto Chicken and Veggies (20 Minute Sheet Pan)

“Chicken, broccoli, zucchini, and bell pepper coated with pesto and baked in under 20 minutes. This quick and healthy dish is healthy, low-carb, flavorsome and makes a delicious lunch or dinner.” – Layla

Healthy Pesto Chicken and Veggies (20 Minute Sheet Pan)

“Chicken, broccoli, zucchini, and bell pepper coated with pesto and baked in under 20 minutes. This quick and healthy dish is healthy, low-carb, flavorsome and makes a delicious lunch or dinner.” – Layla